LIVESTRONG® AT THE YMCA comes to the YMCA of South Hampton Roads

23 September 2016

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads now offering LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a Physical Activity and Well-Being Initiative, at no cost to Cancer Survivors.

VIRGINIA BEACH, September 23- Beginning October 4, 2016 the YMCA of South Hampton Roads will be offering LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA through the Hilltop Family YMCA location to both members of the Y and non-members, at no cost to the participant. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.

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

Program Details:

  • Open to members and non-members of the Y who are at least 18 years old, at no cost to the participant 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • Evaluation of fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation (program participation contingent upon medical clearance from a medical professional)
  • Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors

“Research shows exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve their mood and bounce back from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment more quickly,” said Andy Miller,  LIVESTRONG Executive Vice President. “But there weren’t enough programs to help people affected by cancer reach their health and well-being goals, so LIVESTRONG and YMCA of the USA joined forces to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. The Y is the perfect collaborator because of its national reach, commitment to meeting the needs of all community members and history of program innovation in support of health and wellness.”

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About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 19 years, LIVESTRONG has been a voice for cancer survivors and has directly served more than 3.5 million people. A pioneer in the field of surviorship, LIVESTRONG remains a world leader in providing direct services to cancer patients and survivors, advocating for policies that enhance survivors’ quality of life and developing partnerships that create access to cancer programs across the country. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has made a return to fitness and well‐being possible for more than 38,000 survivors in more than 500 YMCA locations. Working with The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School, LIVESTRONG is building the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reinvent and redesign cancer care for and with people affected by cancer.

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About the YMCA of South Hampton Roads
The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is a nonprofit, community-based health and human services organization that serves over 250,000 children and families throughout Coastal Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. More than 30% of those families receive financial assistance through the Open Doors program, whose funding is made available by the generosity of donors, helping them achieve their full potential in spirit, mind and body. The Y’s doors are open to people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes.

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