YMCA of the Capital Area offers free cancer recovery program

YMCA of the Capital Area offers free cancer recovery program
The program is now available to YMCA locations in Baton Rouge. (Photo credit: YMCA of the Capital Area)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The YMCA of the Capital Area is now offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week recovery program for adult cancer patients and survivors.

The mission of the free program is to instill a safe and comfortable place for cancer survivors through companionship and support.

“Research shows exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve their mood and bounce back from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment more quickly,” said LIVESTRONG Foundation president and CEO Greg Lee.

LIVESTRONG is an evidence-based physical activity and well-being program that is designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health following a cancer diagnosis.

Y staff, trained in supportive cancer care, will work with participants to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increase flexibility and endurance; and improve confidence and self-esteem.

The program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

“We are excited to bring this valuable program to Baton Rouge. Cancer is a lifechanging disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps participants move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body”, said Christian Engle, President and CEO, YMCA of the Capital Area.

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