LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class of participantsLIVESTRONG® at the YMCA will be available in Deerfield Township this spring

In May, Countryside YMCA | Landen will begin offering LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. This program is available to cancer survivors in the Warren County community, and will be offered on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 10:00am – 11:30am at the Landen branch of Countryside YMCA. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to participate in this program. 

Exercise is important for cancer survivors 

"Research shows exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve their mood and bounce back from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment more quickly," said Greg Lee, President and CEO of the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. "But there weren't enough programs to help people affected by cancer reach their health and well-being goals, so LIVESTRONG® and the Y joined forces to create LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. The Y is the perfect collaborator because of its national reach, commitment to meeting the needs of all community members and history of program innovation in support of health and wellness."

As part of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability.

Providing Emotion Support to Cancer Survivors

In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

"We are excited to collaborate with LIVESTRONG® to offer those who have been diagnosed with cancer the support they need to build both emotional and physical strength," said Zach McCollum, Countryside YMCA Executive Program Director. "With a mission centered on balance, the Y strives to be a leading voice on health and well-being for our community by providing resources and guidance so that all people, no matter what their circumstance, can achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body."

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is part of a multi-year collaboration between YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the Y, and the LIVESTRONG® Foundation, the organization created to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action. The foundation is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 32 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, launched in 2008, is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country's growing population of cancer survivors and their families. To date, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is offered at over 375 Ys around the country, and more than 25,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide.

For more information contact Jasmine Lee at jasmine.lee@ymcastaff.org or 513.932.1424 ext. 140.

About Countryside YMCA

Since 1978, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that welcome everyone in an environment where people of all ages can achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. Located on a beautiful 126-acre property, Countryside YMCA is one of the world's largest YMCAs offering eight pools, five gymnasiums, two indoor tracks, a rock climbing wall, a 13,000 square ft. cardio/ weight room, the Arts Center, Stolle Center for active seniors, the Motion Zone for active youth, a wide range of exercise, sports, and creative expression classes, disc golf, summer day camp for kids, and scenic trails. To learn more, please visit www.countrysideymca.org.

About the LIVESTRONG® Foundation

The LIVESTRONG® Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG® – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.8 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $580 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.