SUMMIT, NJ - Beginning September 13, the Summit Area YMCA will debut three new sessions of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week recovery program for cancer survivors.
Offered at both the Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA, LIVESTRONG is a research-based physical and wellness program in which Summit Area YMCA staff work with participants to achieve their goals.
LIVESTRONG fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their normal life or their 'new normal'.
The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.The Summit Area YMCA staff is trained in supportive cancer care, and works with participants in building muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility, endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem and more.
For Paul, a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participant, completing the program helped him regain his health in order to get back to his passion; running. “Being a marathon runner, cancer really set me back. As a result of being a part of the [program], I was able to regain my strength and endurance, and I was able to run the Summit Area YMCA’s Annual Mother’s Day 5K. I even got my wife and 9 year-old son to join me as a way to give back and support the program that helped me get back to my best self.”
Additionally, survivors and their families are provided a supportive community where individuals impacted by cancer can connect. “After surgery and chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, I was left bald, tired and scared," said Ann, also a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participant. "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helped me overcome my aversion to exercise and get back to being myself again."
She added, "I loved being a part of the support group of survivors who like myself were impacted by cancer. The instructors were wonderful, motivating, knowledgeable and donated a lot of their time to helping us recover. I’m now enjoying Zumba and walking on the treadmill has made me feel better and I look more fit. I’m so happy to be exercising and doing something that I enjoy that makes me healthier and I’m grateful to the LIVESTRONG program.”
The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program helps survivors become healthier and happier individuals. Each session lasts for 12 weeks, where participants and their families receive a free Y membership for full access to YMCA facilities, including KidZone childcare services. There are two 75-minute classes each week within a small group setting of 8-10 participants.
Fall sessions include
Starting September 13, Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m.
Berkeley Heights YMCA
Starting September 13, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Starting October 4, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, visit thesay.org.
The Summit YMCA is located at 67 Maple Street, with the Berkeley Heights YMCA located at 550 Springfield Avenue.