YMCA Hamilton Jumpstart

​ Manage your diabetes and 'Jumpstart' at YMCA Hamilton!

Jumpstart is a 10-week exercise and lifestyle programme developed by the YMCA for people living with diabetes.

Jumpstart aims to improve the health & wellbeing of people with Diabetes. Each week participants will attend educational sessions which covers a range of topics from understanding diabetes, what to look out for and the importance of exercise in managing your diabetes.

There will also be nutritional advice run by the program leader from meal planning to reading food labels. Participants will have access to local health providers for additional support.

The programme contains fun & friendly supervised training sessions between 40 – 60 minutes long. These will vary depending on the participant’s fitness level. All sessions are fully supervised by a YMCA Fitness Trainer. Participants will be given the opportunity to exercise outside of the regular sessions, encouraged to include family members and set their own goals.

For many people, the effects of diabetes can be managed by following a healthy lifestyle. The friendly and supportive team at Hamilton will help you to achieve that lifestyle.

Programme Includes

Active Programmes

Participate in group based and individual programmes tailored to your unique needs and ability.


Education sessions are delivered in a group setting every Monday night at 5.30pm. Emily delivers education around nutrition, label reading, diabetes, health and well-being.


Establish a network of friendships with people facing similar challenges.

S Harvey

"Thanks to Emily for all her support and encouragement for me (and others) in Jumpstart. She does an awesome job!"

S Harvey Hamilton Jumpstart

Hear from our Jumpstart participants!

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Stroke of luck gives Hamilton man a health Jumpstart

Hamilton man Steve Harvey, 52, knew he faced serious health problems after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it would start affecting his life badly if he didn’t take action quickly.

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Back in May, Steve had come from a depressing doctor’s visit and knew he needed to do something. He needed to look for a gym to help with his frustrating knee pain and to better manage his diabetes. Steve walked into the YMCA, little did he realise that a Jumpstart class was about to start.

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My journey with Jumpstart

My journey with Jumpstart began about 18 months ago. I read an article in the Waikato Times about the programme offered through YMCA Hamilton. I thought it might be a good idea to see what was entailed in the programme and made a call. 

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