LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is Back and Better Than Ever


Summit Area YMCA is pleased to announce that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA cancer recovery exercise program will begin again on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the Berkeley Heights YMCA and Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the Summit YMCA. 

This free 12-week exercise program, open to the community, is designed for cancer survivors to help them rebuild cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and range of motion in a small group setting. The course focuses on helping cancer survivors regain their total health -- mind, spirit and body -- through a supportive network of friends and neighbors. Participants also have the option to work with specially trained Y staff to customize the program to their individual needs.




Tuesday & Thursday
6:00 - 7:15 PM




Monday & Wednesday
12:00 - 1:15 PM



Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® partnered to create a research-based physical and wellness program in which Summit Area YMCA staff work with participants to achieve their goals. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fulfills the important need of supporting 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 return to normality. The Summit Area YMCA staff is trained in supportive cancer care and to work with participants in building muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility, endurance, improving confidence, self-esteem and more.

“LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA helped me overcome my aversion to exercise and get back to being myself again. I loved being a part of the support group of women who like myself were impacted by cancer. The instructors were wonderful, motivating, knowledgeable and donated a lot of their time to helping us recover.”
– Ann, Summit Area YMCA Member

The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program helps survivors become healthier and happier individuals. During the 12-week session, participants and their families receive a free Y membership for full access to YMCA facilities, including KidZone childcare services. There are two 75-minute classes each week within a small group setting of 8-10 participants.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of more than 115 YMCAs across the nation to have received funding from the LIVESTRONG® Foundation to deliver LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA to help cancer survivors achieve their holistic health and wellness goals. Since then our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA programs have been funded wholly through the generosity of our donors, sponsors and through grants from foundations. To date, our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCAs have partnered to heal and help more than 150 cancer survivors and their families.

Pre-registration and medical clearance is required for the Livestrong program. 

Registration for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA begins on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

To register or learn more, go to or contact Valeria Tenreiro at (906) 273-3330 or

Questions? Contact:

Berkeley Heights YMCA

Wellness Director

(908)273-3330 Ext. 1137







In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.

Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.