As the cancer survivor population grows, so does the need for programs meeting their very specific needs. In 2011, the Leever Cancer Center launched “Stepping Forward,” a unique program aggregating information on post-treatment care, programs, and services dedicated to helping cancer survivors thrive. Among those programs: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a national partnership between the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the YMCA, with local affiliates in a number of locations, including downtown Waterbury.
Established in 2007, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week, research-based program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Participants work with specially trained YMCA staff members to rebuild muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve balance, range of motion, confidence, and self-esteem, all with the goal of moving beyond cancer in mind, body, and spirit. The program at the Greater Waterbury YMCA includes a no-cost 12-week Y membership, with access to all of facility amenities and special classes for cancer survivors. The program meets twice each week for 1-1/2 hours, with day and evening session options. Space is limited. For more information, contact Meghan Lennon at 203-754-9622, ext. 155. Learn more at waterburyymca.org or at livestrong.org.
Since 2007, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has: