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LIVESTRONG at YMCA: January Class Enrolling Now

Pictured is the fourth class that has graduated from the Madison Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG at the YMCA since the program was implemented more than a year ago. At the December 11 graduation, pictured left to right are graduates and coaches: Madison Area YMCA Associate Health and Fitness Director and Coach Jennifer Casanova of New Providence; Mary Carrol of Morris Plains; Elizabeth VanVeen with her daughter, both of Whippany; Coach Patty Matthaei of Madison; Pam Johnson of Morristown; Shari Gould of Morristown; Maura Braun of Morristown; Kristen Zeleny of Maplewood; Tiffany Hanke-Benner of Morristown; Jack Vander Meulen of Madison; Cindy Wetter of Chatham; Judy O’Connor of Wayne; Pamela Connolly of Whippany; Donna Cooke of Florham Park. Front row: Coach Judy Core of Florham Park; Eugenia Gargiulo, Madison; and Meryl Picard of Murray Hill.

The Madison Area YMCA is enrolling its January LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class now. The program brings those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery. Sign-ups are going on now for the class that starts the week of January 19.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors through its no cost program that provides opportunities to engage in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in.

The most recent LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class graduated on December 11. It was the fourth class to graduate since the program launched in September 2013. The program receives support through donations from charity events such as the Y’s bocce tournament and Y spinathons.

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The 12-week, research-based program brings together cancer survivors and YMCA staff trained in cancer care to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life.

The program was designed to evolve over several years and set the standard for physical activity and wellness programs for cancer survivors throughout the country. In 2013, this innovative program expanded to more than 145 cities across the nation and has helped more than 13,000 cancer survivors.

For more information about the program or to sign up for the January class, please contact Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Healthy Living Joe Gonsalves at 973-822-9622 ext.2242.

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