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Healthy Living Center

Healthy Living Center

A Gundersen Health System and La Crosse Area Family YMCA collaboration for a healthier, stronger community.

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Community health
Healthy Living Center
1140 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Patient hours

Sun: Closed
Mon–Fri: 8:00 am–4:00 pm
(by appt only)
Sat: Closed

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About the Healthy Living Center
Connecting healthcare, wellbeing and community to achieve longer healthier lives for all.

Gundersen Health System and the La Crosse Area Family YMCA are enriching lives with the area's first Healthy Living Center to:

  • Provide individuals and families with classes and programs staffed by Gundersen and Y professionals to foster healthy lifestyles
  • Help community members seamlessly transition from Gundersen medical care to Y-supervised programming

Located at the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse, the 7,500 square foot Healthy Living Center features a dedicated fitness center for Y and Gundersen programming; flexible classroom space; a teaching kitchen; and spacious exam rooms for Gundersen providers. The Healthy Living Center also has its own entrance for participant privacy, convenient parking, free childcare for select classes, and a free, three-month Y membership with most classes.

Start your path to healthy today! 

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Frequently asked questions
What's the mission?

A Gundersen Health System and La Crosse Area Family YMCA collaboration for a healthier, stronger community

When did the center open?


Who teaches classes?

The Healthy Living Center is staffed by Gundersen and Y professionals.

Is there a cost?

Costs vary, specific program information can be found on the classes page.

Do I need to be a Gundersen patient to use the center?

No, the programs and classes offered at the Healthy Living Center are open to the public. Registration is typically required.

Do I need to be a member of the Y to use the center?

A YMCA membership is not required to attend these classes.

Classes, programs & services

The Healthy Living Center has programs for every lifestyle, including:

  • Nutrition and weight management support from Gundersen registered dietitians; nutrition counseling; cooking classes; and Gundersen's Family LEAP (Learn, Eat, Active, Play) program, all for children and adults
  • Prenatal and postpartum classes that include exercise and support for mom and baby from Gundersen and Y experts
  • The Y's LIVESTRONG and Diabetes Prevention Programs
  • Emotional Wellness individual and group support services from Gundersen professionals.
  • Movin' & Improvin' supervised exercise programming
  • Sports medicine, physical therapy and much more

Not all programs have courses year round. Learn more about our classes below or click the button to see what is currently available.

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Childbirth & family education
Family LEAP

Family LEAP Program (Learn, Eat, Active Play) Program is a 12-week weight management program for children ages 7-16, who are at risk for weight-related health problems, and their families. To learn more, contact your child's primary care provider or call us to request information by phone. 

Call (608) 775-2599
Emotional wellness
Behavioral health/wellness

Gundersen Behavioral Health has integrated traditional behavioral health treatment with mental wellness at the Healthy Living Center. Joe Bodnar, LPC, and Holly Walters, LPC, expand the concept of mental health treatment to include healthy lifestyle, physical health and psychological health. Joe and Holly provide a full array of behavioral health and wellness therapy services at the Healthy Living Center a half-day each week.

Call (608) 775-3644
Teen Skills Group

The Healthy Living Center's Teen Skills Group provides a safe, supportive environment for teens of various ethnicities, genders, orientations, social classes and abilities. Teens are empowered to learn and practice social, problem-solving, personal effectiveness and emotion regulation skills under the guidance of experienced Gundersen psychotherapists in a positive and structured environment.

Call (608) 775-3644
Physical activity and nutrition care
Diabetes prevention programming

The Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will lead a small group through a 12-month evidence-based program that encourages participants as they explore healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes.

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Dig DEEP (Diet & Exercise to Ease Pain)

Dig DEEP aims to decrease chronic pain (e.g. low back, knee or hip) and improve function in obese and overweight adults. Healthcare providers from five disciplines meet with participants and provide a comprehensive plan—all in one half day. Following the initial consultations, the Dig DEEP team will help you decide if the Health Skills Group is a good fit for you. If you're ready for an innovative approach to pain control, talk to your primary care provider or call.

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Participants in this 12-week group fitness program for adult cancer survivors work with staff to improve cardiovascular endurance; build muscle mass and strength; increase flexibility; and improve functional ability.

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MetaBalance – Journey to Better Health

This 11-month program of exercise, nutrition, behavior modification and support will help you lead a healthier life. It's designed specifically for those with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. An exercise physiologist, dietitian and nurse practitioner are all involved to help guide your progress. Every journey begins with a single step. For questions, call our Exercise Physiology team.

Call (608) 775-2955
Movin' and Improvin'

In one-hour sessions, participants with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and others medical concerns will find a safe, effective, medically-supervised exercise program that emphasizes aerobic endurance, strength training and flexibility. It can be a lifelong exercise program or a short-term fitness extension. To learn more or sign up, call Gundersen Exercise Physiology.

Call (608) 775-2955
Outpatient Physical Therapy

Gundersen Physical Therapy evaluates and treats injury or disease in the musculoskeletal system to help patients decrease pain and return to full movement and their best health. The Healthy Living Center offers a unique environment for patients where Gundersen Physical Therapy can appropriately guide patients into a community-based exercise program at the YMCA. Cash payments are accepted at the time of care, or services can be billed through your insurance. No referral is needed.

Call (608) 775-8600
Sports Physical Therapy

Gundersen Sports Physical Therapy offers a variety of services designed to help people of all fitness levels return to the activities they love. Services include: rehabilitation following an injury or surgery; Functional Movement Screen and corrective exercises; sport-specific conditioning; and return-to-activity guidelines. The goal is to help you perform at your best and connect you with resources for continued fitness and overall wellness. Patients can easily transition to an independent program either at home or the YMCA, connect with a personal trainer or move into community-based programming at the YMCA. Cash payments are accepted at the time of care, or services can be billed through your insurance. No referral is needed.

Call (608) 775-8600
Support groups
Diabetes Support Group

This monthly support group will include education, tips, recipes, success stories and more. The goal is to offer accountability, motivation, support and encouragement to help participants improve or maintain their quality of life. We cannot stop improving diabetes care--diabetes is the fastest growing disease today! Our hope is to increase confidence levels to manage diabetes among those who attend as well as give those living with the condition hope and increased knowledge.

General Cancer Support Groups

Support groups offer the strength that comes from the power of human relationships and the ability of people to nurture and support one another. This group is open to adult cancer patients (18 and older) and their caregivers. It is a safe, confidential place to share feelings and experiences with others whose lives are affected by cancer. Contact Janette Dawson, SW, MS; Krista Pfaff, RN, BSN, OCN; Melinda Wickland, SW; and Tracy Hays, CSW with questions.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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