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Livestrong® at the YMCA

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fills an important community need by supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors, who are in a transitional period between treatment and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to regular activity.


Benefits of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA:

  • Free, 12-week Y membership for the participant and their family
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Two 75-minute classes each week
  • Small group setting (8-10 participants)
  • Full access to YMCA facilities, including Kidz Korner babysitting services
  • Designed for adults who are undergoing or who have completed their cancer treatment

Join LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

This program is open to all in our community. To begin the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program participants should:

  • Have a strong personal desire to enroll in the program
  • Personally commit to attending all classes
  • Consult with their physician prior to joining the program
  • Permit Y Wellness Staff to call their physician or person giving treatment when necessary
  • Obtain medical referral and waiver
  • Complete YMCA paperwork and screening questionnaire

Hillsborough YMCA

Inquire about the Program

Advanced registration is required as class size is limited and given that a doctor’s clearance is required. Enrollment decisions are made individually and confidentially. For session dates and times, please contact Lisa Welsh at 908 369 0490 x 716 or by email.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
A holistic, free, small group, 12-week strength and wellness program for adult cancer patients and survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. We help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program can also help reduce the severity of therapy side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve energy levels and self-esteem. Participants learn to develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. Certified YMCA fitness instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

For more information, contact Lisa Welsh at 908 369 0490 x716 or by email.

Somerset Hills YMCA

Inquire about the Program

Advanced registration is required as class size is limited and given that a doctor’s clearance is required. Enrollment decisions are made individually and confidentially. For session dates and times, please contact Lisa Pensabene at 908 766 7898 x 548 or by email.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
A holistic, free, small group, 12-week strength and wellness program for adult cancer patients and survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. We help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program can also help reduce the severity of therapy side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve energy levels and self-esteem. Participants learn to develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. Certified YMCA fitness instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

For more information, contact Lisa Pensabene at 908 766 7898 x 548 or by email.

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    All Sessions - Tuesdays and Thursdays:
    11:30am - 12:15pm or 6:00 - 7:15pm


    Session Dates:

    May 2 - July 18
    September 12 - December 5

Somerville YMCA

Inquire about the Program

Advanced registration is required as class size is limited and given that a doctor’s clearance is required. Enrollment decisions are made individually and confidentially. For session dates and times, please contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x 627 or by email.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
A holistic, free, small group, 12-week strength and wellness program for adult cancer patients and survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. We help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program can also help reduce the severity of therapy side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve energy levels and self-esteem. Participants learn to develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. Certified YMCA fitness instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

For more information, contact Valeria Tenreiro at 908 722 4567 x627 or by email.

Y Stories

“When my twin boys were 9 weeks old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The chemo, surgeries and radiation took a toll on me, and I wanted to feel healthy again. When I toured the Y, I learned about the Y’s free program for cancer survivors, like me, to help us feel and live better. This program helped me to heal spiritually, physically and emotionally. The kindness and support, especially from the trainers and those in my recovery group, has strengthened my faith in myself, in others and in the community.”
– Chrissy

“LIVESTRONG at the YMCA gave me invaluable gifts - hope and a new lease on life. I was depressed and unfocused before I joined the program. Being given the opportunity to concentrate on myself and my recovery, and to train to get both physically and mentally stronger has made a huge difference to my live and my family tells me, in my interactions with others.”
- Noella

“I went through extensive chemotherapy and a tibia transplant when I was first diagnosed 7 years ago. Before cancer, I played college-level soccer and until this program I never thought that working out would be in my future again. This amazing program at the Y helped me accept my ‘new normal’ and convinced me that I could once again be engaged in exercise that was both effective and enjoyable.”
- Matt


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