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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

Cancer Survivor Program

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week program for adult cancer survivors. Our program is about saying ‘goodbye’ to being a patient and saying ‘hello’ to being a healthy, whole person again. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is supported through charitable donations.

The Purpose

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. Program participants receive a FREE 3-month family membership to the Kishwaukee Family YMCA to help further their wellness journey.

The Benefits

Medical studies show that moderate levels of exercise help cancer survivors physically and mentally, increasing their overall quality of life. The YMCA’s goal is to support survivors through a program that provides them with a positive way to learn how to increase their physical activity.

Additional benefits include reducing the severity of therapy and treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving energy levels and self esteem.

A final goal of the program will be to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.

Certified Instructors

Certified YMCA fitness instructors deliver the physical activity portions of the program. Instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

The Program

This research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.

Participants work with Kishwaukee Family YMCA staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.

In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA 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.

By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

Participants will be invited to participate in several components of the program, including:

  • Group exercise classes
  • Individualized training and exercise development sessions
  • Social engagement activities, and
  • Educational seminars and guest speakers

What is asked of program participants:

  • Strong personal desire to participate
  • Commit to attending all 24 classes
  • Inform your physician and obtain consent to join the program
  • Give permission for the YMCA exercise specialist to contact your physician when necessary.
  • Complete our screening forms and health questionnaires.

This program is recommended for survivors who have recently finished their cancer treatment. Enrollment will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

For Questions or to Register Please Contact: Cami Loving, Healthy Living Director at 815.756.9577 or by email at camil@kishymca.org.

View the Medical Clearance Form.