Adult cancer survivors can reclaim their health and well-being through this evidence-based program. Livestrong helps participants:
- Improve strength and physical fitness,
- Diminish the severity of treatment side effects,
- Develop supportive relationships and
- Improve quality of life.
The 12-week program has a proven track record of success, and there is NO COST to participants thanks in part to the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative and other community partners. The YMCA of Dane County offers Livestrong three times a year, rotating between each Y location. Browse the full program schedule at ymcadane.org.
A top concern among cancer survivors is returning to physical activity after treatment. The Livestrong Foundation partners with YMCAs across the country to fulfill an important need for survivors in the transitional period between completing treatment and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to “normal” life or adjust to a “new normal.” Research shows that participants experience significant increases in physical activity, overall quality of life and fitness performance, as well as decreases in cancer-related fatigue, from engagement with Livestrong at the YMCA.
How does Livestrong at the YMCA work?
- Adult cancer survivors enroll in the free, 12-week program at ymcadane.org.
- Participants work with certified instructors to create fitness regimens designed specifically for their individual needs.
- Individualized regimens may include cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and more.
- Instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care.
- Survivors receive free YMCA membership for the duration of the program.
- The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize health, not disease.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jen Tooley, Sun Prairie YMCA Executive Director, at 608 478 4299.