PARTNERS IN HEALING THE WHOLE PERSON
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free, 12-week program designed to meet the needs of adults with cancer before, during and after treatment. It is a proven, evidence and research based program that empowers cancer survivors to take an active role in their own health by engaging in a strength and conditioning program at their local Y. Focusing on health, rather than the disease, LIVESTRONG® at the Y helps cancer survivors move beyond illness to reclaim wellness in spirit, mind and body.
Survivors meet in a small group of 6-12 individuals for 90 minutes, twice a week, for 12-weeks to begin building a healthy lifestyle and gain support. In a session, Y staff incorporates healthy heart exercises, resistance and strength training as well as balance and flexibility. The overall goal of the Livestrong program is to aid in reducing the severity of side effects, manage unwanted weight changes, improve energy levels, confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, participants develop their personal fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Survivors work with Y staff that are trained and certified through the National YMCA and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. This research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. Non-Y Members will be given a complimentary family membership during the 12 weeks. Family members or caregivers on the membership are encouraged to focus on their well-being through exercise or walking, etc., while the survivor attends class.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body and focuses on the whole person and not the disease. The program is free and available to adults ages 18 and over. The cost of the program is underwritten by the YMCA and our generous donors. If you would like to donate please contact Nicole Hansen at 260.918.2144.
Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. Cancer survivors are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life. The YMCA's goal is to support survivors through a program that provides them with a positive way to learn how to increase their physical activity