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YMCA of the Blue Water Area to Offer LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA - A physical activity and well-being initiative for cancer survivors

On September 17, 2019, The YMCA of the Blue Water Area will begin offering the fall session of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. 

The LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA program is available to cancer survivors in the Blue Water Area and will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:30 PM. The program is offered for free to both Y members and the general community. 

“The LIVESTRONG® program brought me back to life. I was in a deep depression due to my breast cancer. In this program I found people who had been in a worse situation than me and they made it through. I came out of my shelter and back into the world feeling stronger, better about life and beating this cancer. Thank you for inviting me to join this program,” said Phyllis Robinson, a participant in the YMCA of the Blue Water Area’s LIVESTRONG® program.

As part of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person.  Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability.  In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

“We are excited to collaborate with LIVESTRONG® to offer those who have been diagnosed with cancer the support they need to build both emotional and physical strength,” said Jenny McElwain, Healthy Living Program Director for the YMCA.  “With a mission centered on balance, the Y strives to be a leading voice on health and well-being for our community by providing resources and guidance so that all people, no matter what their circumstance, can achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body.” 

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is part of a multi-year collaboration between YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the Y, and the LIVESTRONG® Foundation, the organization created to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action.  The foundation is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 32 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, launched in 2008, is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country’s growing population of cancer survivors and their families.  To date, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is offered at over 375 Ys around the country, and more than 25,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide.

For more information contact Jenny McElwain at (810) 987-6400, ext 117 or jmcelwain@bluewaterymca.com.

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