The Statesboro Family YMCA is offering a free 12-week program for adult cancer survivors to make strengthen mind, body and spirit next month.
The YMCA’s program LIVESTRONG aims to help participants regain muscle mass and functional ability, as well as healthy levels of weight, energy and self-esteem.
“After my cancer diagnosis and treatment, I believed that my body was broken,” said Jill Johns, 2019 LIVESTRONG Alumni. “I hesitated to push my body because I was afraid it would hurt… The coaches and other participants were patient, supportive, and encouraging. They believed in me which helped me believe in myself. I feel like myself again and I am once again enjoying life’s adventures”.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a small group, evidence-based program that creates a welcoming community in which cancer survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of the side effects of therapy, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life.
“Through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, I have seen so many participants find their new normal and accomplish goals that they did not think was possible,” said Hannah Beggs, Fitness and Membership Director. “I love leading this program because I get to help participants learn to strengthen their bodies through exercise and change their way of thinking.”
Survivors participate in customized exercise regimens designed for their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care.
LIVESTRONG begins August 31st and will meet twice a week at the YMCA on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm until November 18th. There is no cost to participate in the program, and a current YMCA membership is not required to participate. After completing the 12-week program, participants will receive a complimentary 6-month YMCA membership.