Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® joined together to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
The Summit Area YMCA in partnership with the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is now offering an adapted virtual LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program available in English & Spanish. This free twelve-week, exercise, education, mental wellness and recovery program begins March 29, 2021. The program is designed to help beat fatigue while building strength and increasing physical activity. Registration and medical clearance is required to participate.
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of 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 their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is about health, not disease.
At the YMCA, we are committed to supporting the millions of cancer survivors who have benefited from the free, small group sessions which help those struggling emotionally, mentally and physically with the disease. Participants work with specially trained Y staff to customize the program to their individual needs. Common goals include building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. Our instructors are also specially trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care. In addition, the program focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive “community” where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.
The Summit Area YMCA is one of more than 115 YMCAs across the nation to have received initial and limited grant 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 over 200+ cancer survivors and families in our area.