First LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Class Graduates

June 8, 2016

 

The YMCA of High Point is proud to announce the graduation of the first class of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants. The first 6 graduates of this survivorship program celebrated their hard work and the completion of the program at the Hartley Drive Family YMCA on June 2nd.

During the graduation, one of the participants told the group, “I jumped at the chance to be part of this program, not only just to be in it, but to give every ounce I had to LIVESTRONG. My participation would not only be for myself, but for others that will follow in my footsteps.”  She went on to say that “these twelve weeks have been another beautiful chapter in my life that I will never forget.”

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the whole person, not the disease.  The 12-week program includes up to 12 survivors who meet twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease survivors back into fitness.  Participants also build a support network of other survivors who share similar experiences, encourage one another, and develop friendships. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructors must go through extensive training to work with cancer survivors and must follow American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines.  The program is provided to survivors FREE of charge through community support and is open to anyone who is a cancer survivor.

While addressing the class, another participant said the program “will serve as a beacon of hope that gives people hope and courage to help them get through the rest of their lives” following a cancer diagnosis.

This program has been very successful at YMCAs throughout the country with thousands of cancer survivors who have graduated the program.  The research behind the program is extensive and shows that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem, and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatments.

The YMCA of High Point went through a competitive application process and extensive training in order to bring LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to the Greater High Point area. The Y is currently enrolling for upcoming sessions at the Hartley Drive Family YMCA as well as the Grubb Family YMCA in Archdale.  For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please email  livestrong@hpymca.org.