Strengthening our most vulnerable

We are committed to empowering our entire community with resources and options that excite them and help them work toward improved general health. That certainly includes older adults, those recovering from surgery or injury, and those who are dealing with illness or poor health.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

This free 12-week program focuses on healing the whole person. With LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, cancer survivors work with trained Y staff to build strength and muscle mass, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability while providing a supportive community to enhance their emotional well-being. 

Our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is absolutely FREE for all participants - if they are Greater Wichita YMCA members or not

Session Dates

Meeting Times

Location

February 1 - April 30, 2021

Tue/Thr 5:30 - 7:00 pm

West YMCA

February 1 - April 30, 2021

M/W 9:00 - 10:30 am

Downtown YMCA

March 15 - June 9, 2021

M/W 10:30 am - 12:00

Northwest YMCA

March 15 - June 11, 2021

M/F 1:00 - 2:30 pm

North YMCA

March 16 - June 10, 2021

Tue/Thr 10:00 - 11:30 am

Newton YMCA

April 5 - July 2, 2021 Tue/Thr 11:00 am-12:30 El Dorado YMCA
April 5 - July 2, 2021 Wed/Fri  1:00-2:30 pm East YMCA
Who can participate in LIVESTRONG?

Any adult (18+ years) that has been diagnosed with cancer can enroll in the program. We use the term “Survivor” to include everyone from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and in remission.

Does the program require a medical referral?

Survivors may enroll in the program without a referral from an oncologist or other medical provider. Before participating, the YMCA will get a Medical Clearance to ensure safe participation for all participants.

How are the instructors qualified?

Instructors a required to hold a nationally recognized personal training certification, as well as the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Instructor certification.  Additionally, all instructors are required to maintain current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen Administration certifications.

What should I expect as a Survivor in the program?

 Twelve-week programs with two, 90-minute sessions per week

  • Sessions are offered at various YMCA locations throughout the year.
  • Life and fitness evaluation before, during, and after program participation for all participants to ensure readiness and progress
  • A curriculum of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • An approach to recovery that ensures the whole person (spirit, mind, and body) can thrive
  • Improved muscle mass, strength, flexibility, endurance, self-esteem, and confidence and reduced stress
  • Support from staff, volunteers, and other program participants who are also living with cancer
What is the cost?

FREE to all Survivors – no YMCA Membership required.  This program is made possible through the Y’s Strong Community Campaign donations and sponsorships to remove any financial barrier to recovering from cancer and related treatments. 

Can I participate multiple times?

Enrollment in the 12-week program is limited to one time, unless there is a new diagnosis or recurrence.  There are multiple opportunities for graduates to stay connected through Alumni offerings.

Give to LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

A gift of $285 will put one cancer survivor through the 12-week program for absolutely FREE.