LIVESTRONG® at the Y
Cancer Survivorship Program
As a cancer survivor, you know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can take on your spirit, mind, and body. You want to begin to heal and reclaim your health. But where do you start? LIVESTRONG at the YMCA can help.
In 2008, the YMCA partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
How Does the Program Work?
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week program for cancer survivors. This specially designed program delivered by trained staff in a small group setting will help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and increase flexibility. Our Y is committed to serving individuals and their families living with, through and beyond cancer. The Y creates a safe environment where survivors can participate in physical and social activities that address their special wants, needs, and interests.
You’ll Focus On:
- Building muscle mass and strength
- Increasing flexibility and endurance
- Improving confidence and self-esteem
Plus, learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.
Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of the community a safe, comfortable place for you to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.
Taking It at Your Own Pace
No one experiences cancer in the same way. Participants come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides you with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild. There’s no competition here — physical activities are tailored to match only what you’re able to accomplish.
Expert, Caring Staff
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA staff has been specifically trained to work with cancer survivors and patients and follow guidelines from YMCA of the USA and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. They’re also relationship builders with the empathy and ability to connect with and develop relationships with and among cancer survivors and their families.
The Need for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
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. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships, and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.
Article published by OneCapeHealth News 8/29/16: Living strongly beyond cancer
Sandwich Community Television interviewed our very own Dorothy Connors, a cancer survivor: Downtown at the Cape Cod Y
How can I find out more?
Contact: Steve Telesmanick (Interm Program Director)