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LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a small-group physical activity and well-being program which meets at the YMCA twice a week for 12 weeks for 90 minutes each session. At the Y, we create a welcoming community in which cancer survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG® Foundation has been a YMCA partner in developing and delivering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

The program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve such goals as:

  • Building muscle mass and strength
  • Increasing flexibility and endurance
  • Improving balance
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Improving emotional wellbeing of survivors and their families
  • Connecting with other survivors during treatment and beyond
  • The Y is a place of support for cancer survivors who want to gain or reclaim health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis by implementing promising approaches to support cancer survivors, including:
  • Enhancing partnerships in the oncology community
  • Training certified instructors to lead programs
  • Modifying the environments in their YMCAs to ensure they are clean, safe, and welcoming for cancer survivors and their families
     

Program Benefits

Researchers from the Yale Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute conducted a randomized control trial to demonstrate the impact of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Based on this research, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA was proven to:

  • Help survivors meet or exceed the recommended amount of physical activity
  • Help survivors significantly increase their cardiovascular endurance
  • Improve cancer survivors’ overall quality of life and decrease their cancer-related fatigue
     

Program Participants

Any adult 18 years old or older who is living with or beyond cancer treatment. YMCA membership is not required.

To learn more and register, contact Angela Rogers or call (336) 478-9622.