Lifelong Essentials for Activity & Nutrition (LEAN) supports you in your journey to becoming more active and eating smarter for healthy weight loss. We’ll focus on ways to tip the calorie balance, mindfulness, and positive self-talk.


Classes are group discussion-based with an in-session physical activity component and delivered over 12 weekly, ninety-minute sessions. Jumpstart your physical activity and get real with your food for a lifetime of wellness!



Save on LEAN



YMCA members can receive a savings certificate for 65% off of L.E.AN.

Visit any YMCA of Central Virginia location during the months of January – March 2023 at least three times a week, four weeks in a row, and receive a certificate for 65% off of a 12 week session of L.E.AN.

That's 12 L.E.A.N. classes for just $4.16 a class!



What's Included

  • 12 sessions delivered over 3 months 
  • 90 minute sessions 
  • Physical activity 
  • Grocery shopping tour 
  • Interactive cooking session 
  • Exposure to new exercise modalities
  • The support you need to incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life

Session Topics

  • Physical Activity Essentials
  • Nutrition Essentials
  • Navigating Grocery Store
  • Meal Planning
  • Prioritizing Me
  • Eating Out
  • Learning to Say No
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Setting Yourself Up for Success
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The LEAN Program promotes healthy living and chronic disease prevention and management through weight loss. LEAN curriculum is evidence-informed and aims to create positive changes by promoting participants to become physically active, well-informed, shoppers and knowledgeable decision makers.

LEAN is designed to meet participants where they are in their wellness journey and set them up for long-term success by developing realistic and sustainable healthy habits.