Taking Action, Changing Odds

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.

The program has served more than 30,000 cancer survivors in more than 400 communities across the nation. It is open to adults 18 years or older at low or no cost.

Program Details

  • FREE 12-week YMCA Family Membership
  • 12-week program with two 75-90-minute sessions per week
  • Full access to the YMCA seven days 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 referral and medical clearance from a physician

Program Goals

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve functional ability to do everyday tasks
  • Reduce therapy side effects and prevent unwanted weight changes
  • Develop an on going physical fitness program so participants can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of recovery, but as a way of life

Criteria For Participation

  • Strong personal desire to participate.
  • Participants need to personally enroll in program, rather than a family member
  • Personally commit to attending all classes
  • Inform their physician of their plan to join the program
  • Give permission for YMCA staff to call a physician or person giving treatment when necessary
  • Complete our screening forms and health questionnaire
  • This class is recommended for individuals who have finished their cancer treatment recently or are survivors looking to regain health and improve quality of life