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Healthy Living Center

A Gundersen Health System and La Crosse Area Family YMCA partnership

The La Crosse Area Family YMCA and Gundersen Health System are caring for people beyond their traditional walls with the area's first Healthy Living Center.

The center, part of the YMCA-La Crosse expansion, will help Gundersen patients seamlessly transition from supervised medical care to Y-supervised programming.

The Healthy Living Center's goals are simple:

  • Prevention and early intervention for healthier lifestyles
  • More space for a supportive environment, relationships and education
  • Better health for all

The Healthy Living Center's integrated model will also result in better care and less duplication. The center features:

  • A dedicated fitness center for Y and Gundersen programming
  • Flexible classroom space and a teaching kitchen
  • Spacious exam rooms for Gundersen providers
  • See a map of the entrance of the center

It's a new approach to keeping people physically active, on track to healthier lifestyles, and it's a partnership around community well-being. That's something we all can get behind.


Health & Support

MetaBalance – Journey to Better Health

To help those with metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes) or type II diabetes lead a healthier lifestyle, Gundersen offers MetaBalance – Journey to Better Health, an 11-month program of exercise, nutrition and behavior modification. You'll be empowered to change unhealthy habits and embrace a more active, healthier lifestyle.

Cancer Survivorship

Gundersen's Cancer Survivorship Program helps patients living with, through and beyond cancer. Participants are introduced to a variety of support services and resources to help them find their new normal.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program

As a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant, the La Crosse Area Family YMCA engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program is also focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

Contact: Martina Mellang at 608-519-5473 or send an email.

A New Direction

"A New Direction" is designed to assist youth and young adult cancer survivors regain their health and well-being before, during and after cancer treatments. This FREE 24-session physical activity program will provide youth and young adults the opportunity to regain their health and well-being. Participants meet with a certified instructor in an one-on-one environment that is safe and comfortable.

Contact: Denise Malone at 608-519-5501 or send an email. Visit the web page for more info.

Health Science Academy

Visit the Health Science Academy for more information.

Contact Lee Walraven at 608-783-9530 or send an email.


Family LEAP Program

Pediatric Weight Management Clinic and the Family LEAP (Learn, Eat, Active Play) Program

Family LEAP Program (Learn, Eat, Active Play) Program is a 12-week weight management program for children, ages 8-12, who are at risk for weight-related health problems, and their families.

Contact: Call your Primary Care Provider

Before Baby Basics

Pre-natal class

This 8 week pre-natal class will focus on labor, birthing positions, breathing & relaxation techniques, mindfulness, nutrition, breastfeeding, changes in relationships, & more. Each class will also include an opportunity to sample safe exercises such as Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dance, Water Exercise, etc. This class is designed for mothers-to-be who are 20-30 weeks along.

Register in person at either YMCA branch, online or call 608-782-9622.

Questions? Contact Kylie Formanek at 608-519-5474 or send an email.

After Baby: Restore You & Your Core

Post-partum class

This 8 week postpartum, core-centric class will take a low-intensity approach to rebuild belly and pelvic muscles to return to ideal posture and movement. A primary focus of this class is to educate safe return to exercise and prevention of conditions such as low back pain, bladder control problems, etc. Topics such as personal identity, relationship changes and caring for yourself and your family will also be discussed. This class is designed for mothers at least 8 weeks postpartum.

Register in person at either YMCA branch, online or call 608-782-9622.

Questions? Contact Kylie Formanek at 608-519-5474 or send an email.

Babysitting Class

Post-partum class

A babysitting class for children 11 years of age and older.

Contact Linda Duffy at 608-775-6870.


Movin' & Improvin'

Exercise Physiology

Movin' and Improvin' is a safe, effective, medically supervised exercise program for people with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and others medical concerns. It emphasizes aerobic endurance, strength training and flexibility. It can be a lifelong exercise program or a short-term fitness extension.

Walk With Ease

Osteoarthritis Class

Walk With Ease (WWE), is an evidence-based program to improve the physical activity and health of individuals with athritis. Learn how to safely make physical activity a part of everyday life through a safe, easy, and effective program. It is proven to help pain, balance fatigue, mood, and function.

Contact Amy Venner at 608-519-5503 or send an email.

Spinal Cord Support Group


Recovering from a spinal cord injury often means a lifelong process of learning and adjustments. This support group provides patients (of all ages) and their families with peer support/mentoring, education, community activities, accessibility solutions and more.

Sports Medicine

Sports Physical Therapy

Gundersen physical therapists offer a variety of services to help individuals—of all fitness levels—return to the activities they love most. Services include: rehabilitation following an injury or surgery; functional movement evaluation; biomechanical analysis of sport movement; sport-specific conditioning; and return-to-activity guidelines. Cash payments are accepted at the time of care, or individual or family insurance may be billed. No referral is needed. To schedule an appointment at the Healthy Living Center, call (608) 775-8600.

Stepping On

An effective program for older adults to build confidence and reduce falls.

Contact Brenda Miller at 608-775-3054 with any questions or get more information.


Nutrition Therapy

Comprehensive Weight Management System

We understand that losing weight is difficult and that's why we created the Comprehensive Weight Management System. This system includes OPTIFAST® Meal Replacement Program, Weight-Loss Medication Program and Winning Weighs.

Contact: Weight Management at 608-775-5673

Food for Recovery

Behavioral Health

Food for Recovery focuses on the benefits of healthy eating as an important component in recovery from addictions. Using common foods that target key nutrients, the focus is normalizing eating and developing eating patterns as part of lifestyle changes to support recovery and overall wellness.

Kids in the Kitchen

Children love to learn in this hands-on class that lets them experience the joys of cooking. They will engage in measuring, mixing and gain knowledge of various ingredients, while they create a delicious and nutritious meal. Kids learn about healthy foods, basic food preparations, and kitchen safety. Each class will end with a sit down meal. Aprons provided.

Contact: Jodi Iverson at 608-519-5470 or send an email.

Food Forest Workshops

Visit Food Forest for more information.

Contact Jill Miller at 608-519-5510 or send an email.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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