BANGOR — The Bangor Region YMCA Health and Wellness Department is celebrating one year of offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free, evidence-based exercise program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.
This 12-week program features a small-group, supportive environment led by specially trained instructors. Participants attend two 75 minute classes each week that include cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises. A session with a nutritionist and use of YMCA facilities and classes during the 12-week period are also included at no charge.
Cancer survivors who have gone through the program show measurable improvement in physical fitness. They also report increased energy, better sleep, and a decrease in anxiety, fatigue and other side effects of cancer treatment. A two-year survivor of breast cancer and LIVESTRONG graduate had this to say, “This program has given me my energy back. I no longer go home from work and sit down. I am back to gardening, swimming, and loving being outside again! Just losing some inches, just getting my energy back and depression lifted has been amazing.” Others note the friendships formed in the small groups provide support and motivation.
New LIVESTRONG classes will be starting in January. Those who are interested in enrolling or would like more information should contact the Bangor Region YMCA at 941-2808 x 338, or email LIVESTRONG@bangorY.org.