The Y is helping cancer survivors live well
The YMCA of the Northwoods is offering the Livestrong at the YMCA program to help adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned from recent cancer treatments rebuild strength and stamina.
The Y and Livestrong joined together to create Livestrong at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The 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 Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals” said Marilyn Duschl, program coordinator. “Individual goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem will be the focus of this 12 week program.”
The program is also a support group for survivors.
“The YMCA of the Northwoods, in addition to the physical benefits of the program, provides a supportive environment where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond,” Duschl said. “By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Livestrong at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.”
The 12-week program is free and a new session will begin this summer. The YMCA of the Northwoods is working closely with Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital James Beck Cancer Center, Ministry Rehabilitation, and The American Cancer Society to bring this program to the community.
Criteria for participation are: strong personal desire; personal commitment to attend regularly; physician’s release; complete screening forms and answer health questionnaire. This program is recommended for individuals who have finished their cancer treatment recently, unless it is ongoing, or are survivors looking to regain health and improve quality of life.
To learn more about the Livestrong at the YMCA, contact Marilyn Duschl, Livestrong at the YMCA coordinator at 715-362-9622 x118 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ymcaofthenorthwoods.org for more information.