LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a no-cost, 12-week YMCA-funded and YMCA-managed program for adult cancer survivors. Our program is about saying ‘goodbye’ to being a patient and saying ‘hello’ to being a healthy, whole person.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA began Fall 2014 at the Venice YMCA and is also offered at the Englewood Y and Bonita Springs Y. This program is recommended for survivors who have recently finished or are going through their cancer treatment. Registration will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. Program participants receive a no-cost, 3-month YMCA family membership to help further their wellness journey.
This research-based program offers people affected with cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
Participants work with YMCA 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, 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.
By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
Classes are twice weekly for 75-minutes per class.
Participants will be invited to participate in several components of the program, including:
- Group exercise classes
- Individualized training and exercise development sessions
- Social engagement activities, and
- Educational seminars and guest speakers
Medical studies show that moderate levels of exercise help cancer survivors physically and mentally, increasing their overall 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.
Additional benefits will include reducing the severity of therapy and treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving energy levels and self esteem.
A final goal of the program will be to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Certified YMCA fitness instructors will deliver the physical activity portions of the program. Instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.
LiveSTRONG is offered at our Venice, Englewood and Bonita Springs branches with new classes forming throughout the year. This program is designed to promote health, wellness and recovery for cancer survivors. Survivors of any type of cancer, at any point in their cancer journey from diagnosis to 30+ years post diagnosis, may participate in the program. Participants will work with certified cancer fitness specialists in a small group. This program is completely free and includes a family membership to the Y for the 12-weeks of the program. For more information about dates and to schedule an Intake Interview email: LiveStrong@VeniceYMCA.org or leave your contact info at 941-492-9622 x 156 or 239-221-7560 ext 116.