East Bridgewater Healthy Initiatives
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
A physical activity program designed for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. This 12 week program meets twice weekly for 1.25 hours. This program fulfills the important need of the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life. The fact that the program is outside a medical facility and integrated into the community serves to emphasize that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is about health, not about disease.
Certified YMCA fitness instructors give personal individualized instruction; these instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body. Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.
• Open to adults 18 years or older at no cost
• 12-week program with two 75-90-minute sessions per week
• Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises
• Evaluation includes fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
• Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors
• Requires medical clearance from a physician