SYCAMORE – Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous toll on a person, both physically and emotionally. The Y and Livestrong have joined forces to create Livestrong at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.
Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals. These include building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Livestrong at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
• 12-week program with two 75-minute sessions per week
• Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises. Participants work at their own pace.
• Evaluation includes fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
• Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors
• Requires referral and medical clearance from a physician
• During the 12 weeks, participants will receive a membership, paid by the YMCA. Thanks to generous donors, the program is 100% subsidized. There is no cost to anyone that participates.
The next session will run from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, Feb. 15 through May 5.