Providing accessible, personalized, evidence-based community wellness programming across Nova Scotia

YMCA LiveWell is a group exercise program that focuses on improving the physical and mental health of Nova Scotians with chronic conditions.*

YMCA LiveWell programs:

  • Create smooth transitions for patients between hospital care and community health.
  • Deliver care in the most appropriate setting for promoting and sustaining health and wellness.
  • Improve health outcomes of individuals with a focus on secondary prevention and chronic disease self-management.
  • Reduce health disparities through the elimination of both real and perceived barriers to participation.

YMCA LiveWell supports both physician and self-referrals and offers a comprehensive intake process, supervision, and progression within a socially supportive environment. It embraces a person-centric approach that focuses on secondary prevention and chronic disease self-management. LiveWell encourages participants to take control of their own health.

*Chronic conditions are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention, or limit activities of daily living or both.


Funding for this project is provided by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Current YMCA LiveWell ProgramsYMCA 


Activating Cancer Communities through an Exercise Strategy for Survivors or "ACCESS" is a research-based program designed to lessen the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment on the health and well-being of individuals confronted with the disease. This program is a 12-week on-ramp for progressive exercise opportunities associated with the YMCAs LiveWell East Program.

Active for Life

Active for Life is designed to improve strength, balance, and general fitness for anyone managing a chronic disease. This program is intended for those with risk factors or who have stable medical conditions following medical treatment from a chronic disease diagnosis.


Check out this video of what to expect in the Active for Life class. 

For more information about YMCA LiveWell Programs and to register please contact:

Joy Chiekwe, Clinical Exercise Physiologist
[email protected]
(902) 222-5889