Starting February 16, a new 12 week session of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program begins at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, to help cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined to create a research-based physical and wellness program in which Summit Area YMCA staff work with participants to achieve their goals. The Summit Area YMCA staff is trained in supportive cancer care, and work with participants in building muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility, endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem and more.
For Paul, a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant, completing the program helped him regain his health in order to get back to his passion; running. “Being a marathon runner, cancer really set me back. As a result of being a part of the [program], I was able to regain my strength and endurance, and I was able to run the Summit Area YMCA’s Annual Mother’s Day 5K. I even got my wife and 9 year old son to join me as a way to give back and support the program that helped me get back to my best self.”
Additionally, survivors and their families are provided a supportive community where individuals impacted by cancer can connect. “Cancer treatment left me feeling tired and not myself.” said Francesca, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant, “Being with other cancer survivors in the [program], made it less daunting to return to exercise. I liked that the group provided a supportive, upbeat environment. It empowered me to become more active and gain confidence that I could get my strength back in spirit, mind and body. And, I did. I am very grateful!”
The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program helps survivors become healthier and happier individuals. Each session lasts for 12 weeks, where participants and their families receive a free Y membership for full access to YMCA facilities, including Kid-Zone childcare services. There are two 75 minute classes each week within a small group setting of 8-10 participants.
WHEN: 12 Week Session begins February 16
TIME: 10:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
WHERE: Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ
More information about the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program can be found online at: http://bit.ly/LIVESTRONGYMCA
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