LIVESTRONG At the YMCA

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SURVIVING CANCER IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP TO WELL-BEING

As a cancer survivor, you know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can take on your spirit, mind and body. You want to begin to heal and reclaim your health. But where do you start? LIVESTRONG at the YMCA can help.

In 2008, the YMCA partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. LIVESTRONG Brochure 2015

TAKING IT AT YOUR OWN PACE

No one experiences cancer in the same way. Participants come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides you with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild. There’s no competition here – physical activities are tailored to match only what you’re able to accomplish.

How Does the Program Work?

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on you – the whole person – not the disease. The FREE, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes. Traditional exercise methods ease you back into fitness and help you maintain a healthy weight. You’ll focus on:

o   Building muscle mass and strength

o   Increasing flexibility and endurance

o   Improving confidence and self-esteem

You’ll also learn about wellness, stress-reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.

Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community – a safe, comfortable place to build companionship with others affected by cancer, and share stories and inspiration.

National Resources

LIVESTRONG.ORG - We believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. Our programs, awareness events, and advocacy work are the heart of what we do and our leaders and donors provide both the vision and the support for us to carry out our mission.

Camp Kesum – Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children affected by a parent’s cancer.

Imerman Angels – Through our unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has beaten the same type of cancer. A Mentor Angel is walking, talking, living proof, and inspiration that cancer can be beaten. Our service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

Upcoming Sessions 2015

12-Week Program Schedule:

Spring I 2015
Newport News: Tuesday/Thursday 11-12:30 p.m.
Session 1: Tuesday, February 17 – Thursday, May 7
Contact: Amy Henry, 755 245 0047, amy.henry@peninsulaymca.org

Spring II 2015
Luter: Tuesday/Thursday 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday, June 11
Contact: Connie Chapman, 755 365 4060, connie.chapman@peninsulaymca.org

Fall I 2015
Newport News: Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Session 3: Tuesday, September 8 – Tuesday, December 1
(No class Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving holiday)
Contact: Amy Henry, 755 245 0047, amy.henry@peninsulaymca.org

Fall II 2015
Luter: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Session 4: Tuesday, September 29 – Thursday, December 17
Contact: Connie Chapman, 755 365 4060, connie.chapman@peninsulaymca.org

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Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.