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FOR HEALTHY LIVING

Chronic Diseases, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes, affect 3 out of 5 Americans. Chronic Disease Prevention Programs at the YMCA offer both physical and emotional support for those living with a chronic disease. Thanks to many donors, these programs are provided to participants for free or at a low cost. 


 

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA

 

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a FREE program tailored to fit the specific needs of adult cancer survivors who would like to improve the quality of their lives before, during, and after treatment. This 12-week program meets twice per week with certified instructors and personal trainers who have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care.

Program Goals:

  • Increase flexibility and endurance

  • Enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks

  • Improve energy levels, build muscle mass and strength

  • Reduce the severity of therapy side effects and prevent unwanted weight changes

  • Develop an on-going physical fitness program, not only as part of recovery, but as a way of life

Criteria for Participation:

  • Strong personal desire and a commitment to participate in the program.

  • Inform your physician that you plan to join the program

  • Give permission for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA staff to contact your physician or health care provider as needed.

For more information about Livestrong at the Y, call Jennifer Taylor (309) 797-3945 ext 229.

 

HOPE4Life

HOPE = Helping Oncology Patients Exercise

4: balance, strength, flexibility, & cardio

HOPE4Life Club is for survivors who have successfully graduated from the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. HOPE4Life promotes physical activity and provides socialization opportunities for cancer survivors and their families. Members receive education, encouragement and support in a nurturing environment.

 

Body In Motion

Our Body in Motion class helps adults of all ages with Parkinson’s or other chronic diseases that affect balance, in order to maintain an active lifestyle while focusing on cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility.

Program Goals:

  •     Improve Posture
  •     Improve Rigidity
  •     Help with Gait and Balance
  •     Increase Strength and Flexibility

 

Reclaim

Reclaim is a preventative cardiac rehab program designed to enhance the quality of life for people who are looking to improve overall cardiovascular health. Trained exercises specialists monitor and assist in program design and take beginning and ending blood pressure.

Program Goals:

  •     Reclaim your health and decrease chance for cardiac event
  •     Build Endurance
  •     Increase Strength
  •     Improve Balance
  •     Record your daily blood pressure
  •     Fun Socializing

Healthy Weight &
Lifestyle Balance

This 10 week program is designed to help people seeking a healthier weight achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors. If you are looking to lose weight, have type 2 diabetes, or prediabetes this program provides tools, knowledge and group support to help you develop a nutrition and exercise plan that works for you!

Program Goals:

  •     Gain Nutrition Knowledge
  •     Create a Workout Plan
  •     Help Reach your Goal Weight
  •     Provide Group Support
  •     Provide Accountability