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 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.



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.

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