Real Stories

Even small changes in your diet and daily activity can improve your health. Hear real stories from Vermonters like you who took control of their health by making easy lifestyle changes over time.

You can start on a path to better health with these small steps.

  • Drink more water throughout the day — it helps your body and your mind
  • Get some kind of exercise every day, even if it’s just going for a walk
  • Spend time with a friend and share your feelings
  • Take a little time for some deep breathing — it helps you refocus and relieve stress
  • Choose healthier foods — you’ll always benefit from adding fruits and vegetables to your snack routine

Cynthia’s Story

After years of poor eating habits and low physical activity, Cynthia had warning signs of future health problems. She signed up for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and learned how to make small lifestyle changes over time to improve her health. The positive results were so life-changing, she wanted to inspire others to take control of their health, too. Cynthia is now a trained Lifestyle Coach for the program.