Diabetes Prevention Program

This program helps adults at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well being.  Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s DPP can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.  In this one-year program consisting of 25 sessions, small groups will meet and learn about healthier eating and increasing physical activity, with the goals of reducing their body weight by 5-7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

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Youth Obesity Prevention Program

Our program is designed to educate youth ages 10-12 on benefits of healthy eating and exercise, in a fun environment.  The program will be led by two certified program coordinators who will give each child a ball of their choice and a jump rope.  They will also receive instruction from certified dietician about healthy eating, cooking healthy, and planting and growing vegetables, with hands-on, take-home experiences.

Safety Around the Water (SAW)

The water safety program provides education-based instructions on staying safe around any body of water, gives children the knowledge to help prevent accidental drowning and trains how to recognize an emergency in and out of the water as well as proper rescue techniques. The boater certification course teaches safety around boats, jet skis and other recreational vehicles; what to do if your boat capsizes; wearing life jackets; and propeller safety.  Participants will also have the opportunity to earn their boating license through this course.

Enhance Fitness Implementation

An evidence-based exercise program for older adults that used simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals, particularly those with arthritis, to stay active.

Walkability Program

This program aims to engage members in walking programs, provide safe indoor and outdoor walking spaces, make walking accessible to all and more!


Togetherhood is the Y’s signature program for social responsibility.  It provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support neighbors.

Ship Island Lifeguard

Through a partnership with the Department of Marine Resources, the YMCA provides lifeguard services on West Ship Island, 12 miles off the coast of Biloxi/Gulfport.

Lighten Up Ocean Springs

In a collaborative partnership with Let’s Go Gulf Coast, Singing River Hospital System and the City of Ocean Springs, the Y is proud to be a host of this community-wide weight-loss initiative that offers free health seminars, fitness classes and more!

Special Olympics

The Y has hosted this event for more than 30 years.  Athletes from Jackson, George and Greene counties compete in a variety of water sports. Winners of this event will advance to compete in the statewide Special Olympics.

Healthy Kids Day

In conjunction with the Ocean Springs 1699 Race of Discovery, the 1 mile run is the last mile in an 8-week free marathon tracking program for youth ages 5-12, a program that aims to engage youth in healthy habits and an active lifestyle.