Livestrong At The YMCAS

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Project Summary

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidencebased program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and wellbeing following a cancer diagnosis. Participating YMCAs create a welcoming community in which survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has been the YMCA's partner in developing and delivering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Project Goal

• Small group, supportive environment
• 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week
• Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
• Held in YMCA "Wellness Centers"
• Evaluation includes Functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after participation
• Facilitated by YMCA-certified Instructors 

Promotional Methods

Through collaborations with Health care organizations, newspapers, and social media.

Project Challenges


Project Results

Number of Y associations offering the program 227
Number of communities delivering the program 461
Number of states delivering the program 40
Number of certified instructors 2,751
Number of participants served 34,526

Organization Type

Community Based Organization

Types of Practices

  • Community

Target Age Ranges

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+


  • All


  • All

Project Service Type

  • Community Outreach / Community Engagement
  • Counseling
  • Disease Management (long-term)
  • Disease Treatment / Risk Treatment
  • Referral
  • Survivorship / Palliative Care

Project Content Area

  • Behavioral Health
  • Breast
  • Cancer
  • Cervical
  • Chronic Disease (general)
  • Colorectal
  • Lung
  • Melanoma
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Prostate
  • Thyroid
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Urinary Bladder
  • Vaping / e-Cigarette Use

Project/Program Care Team Target Population

  • All Practitioners
  • Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Case Managers / Social Workers
  • Community Health Workers / Patient Navigators
  • Health Educators
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists

Counties Served

  • All Counties

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