LIVESTRONG for Cancer Survivors

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. 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. In 2008, the Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

The 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. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, the program also 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. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

View our brochure here.

If you are a survivor and would like to know more, or if you are a physician and have physician related question, please contact Jenna Zdunek at the YMCA Call 906.227.9622 or e-mail us at livestrong@ymcamqt.org

Check out Y-USA's video on the LIVESTRONG program