Reclaiming Normal--Improving Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life at the YMCA



Reclaiming Normal--Improving Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life

Beginning April 9th @ 11:00am

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous toll on a person, both physically and emotionally. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined forces to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals. These include building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

"Reclaiming Normal"—from exercise classes to support groups, cancer survivorship programs at the Y are improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer--survivors, patients and families alike.

The West Hartford YMCA is excited to partner with the Playground serious fitness for adults and provide this program to the West Hartford Community.  For more information see below:

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at a glance

  • A 12-week wellness program for adult cancer survivors that meets two times per week
  • Its FREE of charge
  • The program utilizes a curriculum developed by Stanford University
  • Y certified fitness instructors work with participants to develop an individualized fitness program that allows them to progress at their own pace
  • An additional benefit of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is the opportunity to create a supportive social network and form new friendships


Survivors who are interested in the program should contact Shawn Fongemie, Executive Director of the West Hartford YMCA at 860.521.5830 or by emailing shawn.fongemie@ghymca.org

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