Preventive Health

Salsa, Sabor y Salud Program

“Salsa, Sabor y Salud” Program (Salsa) is a program developed by the National Latino Children’s Institute (NCIL) and facilitated by two certified leaders on-site at the YWCA of Asheville.  Facilitators and volunteers help both parents and children think about physical activity and healthy eating every day. Learn more.

Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program

This program helps people lower their blood sugar levels, lose weight, improve flexibility, increase energy, and boost self-confidence. By working out together and supporting each other, participants create an environment of acceptance and friendship ...... and make big changes in their lives.

The goals of the program are to: 
      • Empower individuals with diabetes to develop the habit of exercise
      • Reduce the incidence of diabetes, through weight loss and exercise
      • Promote healthy lifestyle changes for the entire family

The program includes:
      • Membership to the YWCA Club W Fitness Center
      • Peer mentoring
      • Fitness counseling
      • Monthly dinners with educational presentations
      • Weekly support groups
      • Cooking classes, with Cooperative Extension
      • Diabetes education classes by Mission Hospital
      • Consultations with a pharmacist

The program is available on a sliding scale and is open to anyone who has two of the four main risk factors for diabetes: low glucose tolerance, family history of diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, or obesity.

Here's what some of the participants have to say:
“I didn’t know I could feel this good.” 
"I can put my shoes on by myself again. Girl, I hadn't done that in two years!" 
"Not only do you get a chance to exercise and meet new people, but you get to be around people with problems like you have." 
"I can bend down - doing full knee bends in the garden. I couldn't do that last spring!"

Click here to see a video of Diabetes Wellness Testimonials – actual responses of people who've been through the program.

For more information, contact Katie Souris, Preventive Health Coordinator at, or call 254-7206 ext. 212

Preventive Health is supported by the Asheville Citizen-Times, Buncombe County Health Department , Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), NC Dept. Health & Human Services - Office of Minority Health, Mission Health Community Benefits Program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC Foundation, UNC-Asheville, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County..