LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA

WHAT IS LIVESTRONG AND HOW DOES THE YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON HELP CANCER SURVIVORS? 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a national, free 12-week group exercise program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.

With LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Y's are helping cancer survivors in their communities get the physical activity, supportive relationships, and stress reduction they need to improve their quality of life. 

Medical studies show that moderate levels of exercise can help cancer survivors physically and mentally, and can also reduce the severity of therapy and treatment side effects, helping to prevent unwanted weight changes, improve energy levels and self-esteem.

DESCRIPTION AND GOALS

  • Small group, supportive environment
  • 12-week program with two 75-minute sessions per week
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • Held in YMCA "Wellness Centers"
  • Evaluation includes Functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after participation
  • Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors

WHO QUALIFIES?

Any adult 18 years old or older who is living with or beyond cancer treatment.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 

Contributions to our Annual Campaign and at some locations, corporate sponsors fund this program open to all members of the community.

WHERE IS IT OFFERED?

The program is offered year-round at various locations:

  • Charles River YMCA (Needham)
  • Parkway Community YMCA (West Roxbury)
  • Wang YMCA of Chinatown
  • Burbank YMCA (Reading)
  • North Suburban YMCA (Woburn)
  • Huntington Ave YMCA (Boston)
  • Waltham YMCA
  • Oak Square YMCA

Learn More!