YMCA’s Livestrong program kicks off
In 2007, the YMCA partnered with the Livestrong Foundation to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the “Livestrong at the YMCA” program.
The program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
The free, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease participants back into fitness and help them maintain a healthy weight.
The program focuses on:
• building muscle mass and strength
• increasing flexibility and endurance
• improving confidence and self-esteem
Participants will also learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.
Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment.
Cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life.
Programs begin in February at The Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mukilteo branches of the YMCA of Snohomish County.
Space is limited in each class. Contact your local YMCA of Snohomish County family branch or visit www.ymca-snoco.org/laf for a program brochure, information on how to enroll and the physician referral form.
-Edited by Beacon staff