Wichita Falls YMCA is now a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and partnership with the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. The 12-week physical activity and well-being initiative helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. Additionally, programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are part of the Y’s overall commitment to help cancer survivors recover in a safe and supportive environment.
The pilot classes started at the end of February with 12 participants. The Wichita Falls YMCA is one of twenty-one Ys in the U.S. to receive a 2015 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Implementation Grant from Y-USA in partnership with the LIVESTRONG® Foundation, which helps with the initial program training and implementation.
Fitness instructor Jennifer Hoepfner is excited work with such a unique population. “I think it will be very impactful to work with familiar faces that belong to our community. Our current group is so full of spunk! They’re so motivated and they have already begun to bond and connect. It really is amazing to help facilitate that.”
Donisha Reed, Health & Wellness Director, is honored to finally be able to bring the program to the Wichita Falls area. “We’ve been working very hard to bring this to our community and now our Y has been given the chance to enhance participants’ survivorship journey, to assist in rebuilding some of the strength and functionality that may have been altered or lost during the treatment process. We know that this will only be a stepping stone for them to continue to enjoy physical activity.”
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidence-based program based on best practices for cancer survivor exercise. The goals of the program are to empower adult cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength offered in a supportive, small-group setting.
For more information, please contact Donisha Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.