Livestrong at the YMCA

Cancer Survivors Program

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body. Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

Program Overview

The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease. Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

The program is 12 weeks, with two 90-minute sessions a week. It is open to adults 18 years or older at no cost.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants:

  • Build muscle mass and muscle strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve functional ability
  • Reduce the severity of therapy side effects
  • Prevent unwanted weight changes
  • Improve energy levels and self esteem
  • Develop a personal physical fitness program to continue beyond the program
  • Enjoy a supportive environment and connecting with fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members
  • Complete fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation

Specially Trained Staff

Our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA staff have been specially trained to work with cancer survivors and patients and follow American College of Sports medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines. They're exercise experts who can understand your unique physical needs and concerns and help you address them safely. They're also relationship builders with the empathy and ability to connect with and develop relationships with and among cancer survivors and their families.

2017 Sessions

Blue Springs Family YMCA

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
January 10-April 4
April 25-July 11
September 12-December 5

North Kansas City YMCA

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
January 17-April 6
May 23-August 10
September 11-November 23

Olathe Family YMCA

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
January 10-April 7
May 1-July 21
September 11-December 8

Platte County Community Center North

Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-3:30 p.m.
January 10-March 31
April 11-June 30
August 29-November 17

Platte County Community Center South

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
February 21-May 11
June 6-August 31
September 19-December 14

Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
January 17-April 6
May 23-August 10
September 5-November 23

Get Started

  • Consult your oncologist or a hospital oncology representative before joining the program
  • Enroll in the program by phone, email or visiting the Y hosting the class
  • Give permission for a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA representative to contact your physician or health care provider if necessary
  • Commit to attending 80% of the classes

To register or for more information, please email us.

Jenny's Story

For Jenny, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the Blue Springs Family YMCA offered a positive life change after dealing with difficult life changes that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

She joined the program a year and a half after her diagnosis with breast cancer. She said it gave her and others hope for a life they thought they had lost.

The weekly sessions were a change a pace, providing a comfortable place focused on health that wasn’t another doctor’s appointment.

Although the program helps participants regain physical strength, what stands out to Jenny are the intangible results--hope, excitement about moving forward and increased confidence.

“I’m very grateful for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, not just in my own life but what it did for other people,” she said. “Everything about this program is so necessary to a healthy future. Physically, spiritually, emotionally.”

Looking for more resources?

Our partner University of Kansas Cancer Center also provides programs for those affected by cancer.

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