The Weight Loss Program is designed to help people seeking a healthier weight to achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors and forming sustainable, healthy habits.

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What is the weight Loss Program?

12-Week Commitment
Meeting 1x a Week
Available to Adults 18 years and older
Tools and Group Support

Professionally Facilitated

Meet Barbara Williamson, a certified wellness coach and nutrition counselor with a BA in psychology from Kent State University.

Barb believes, “Health is more than just what’s at the end of your fork. It’s about your overall well-being. My goal is to provide information, encouragement and a supportive environment to help you take the steps necessary to transform your health and live your best life.”


Three key characteristics differentiate the YMCA Weight Loss Program from other programs of this kind:

1.  It's non-prescriptive.  The programs's approach is to empower, encourage and provide tools so that participants design their own plans to support their weight loss goals within the context of their own lives.

2.  It uses the power of the group.  The program is designed to encourage group discussion, group learning, group sharing and group problem solving.

3.  It seeks to change the definition of weight loss.  Every day, individuals face prescriptive messaging on how to lose weight (meal plans, diet, gym equipment, etc.)  -- messaging that has created the perception that weight loss can be achieved only by finding the right answers or the ultimate solution to losing weight. 

The Weight Loss Program challenges all of this messaging. 

Instead, the Weight Loss Program helps participants understand that they hold the answers within themselves to achieve their own weight loss goals.

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Contact Information

Akron Area YMCA
50 S. Main Street, Ste. LL 100
Akron, Ohio 44308
(330) 376-1335