In April, the YMCA of Delaware launched LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a national evidence-based intervention program that helps adult cancer survivors (ages 18 and over) reclaim their health and well being. Over 12-weeks, groups of cancer survivors meet twice a week for 90-minute sessions. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person in a supportive environment. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, improve functional ability, and practice mind-body techniques. In addition to the 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.
Enrollment into this YMCA cancer survivor program will be offered at no cost to participants and will include a complementary family membership to the YMCA. It is designed to run parallel with other services offered to cancer survivors statewide and to be an additional resource for those in need. The YMCA is very excited about this program, as it is an excellent complement to services already offered in the first state. In the spring the YMCA ran 5 pilot groups at 3 of its branches. Starting in October the Y is looking to expand the program statewide, offering the program at all YMCA branches in Delaware.
“We are excited about the opportunity to expand this program throughout the state. We look forward to collaborating with new partners, as well as providing greater access to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. The impact of this program runs deep, providing the support to build both emotional and physical strength,” said Tricia Jefferson, Director of Healthy Living and Strategic Partnerships for the YMCA of Delaware. “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.”