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LIVESTRONG program helps cancer survivors regain physical strength

Posted: September 3, 2013 - 6:11pm

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has expanded to seven area Family Y branches and about 100 people have gone through the program since it debuted at the Family Y of North Augusta in August 2011.

LIVESTRONG is a researched-based, free 12-week program that helps cancer survivors regain their strength, balance, flexibility and quality of life, said Janet Thornburg, the coordinator for the program.

“It’s based on the Ameri-can College of Sports Medi-cine exercise guidelines for cancer survivors,” said Thornburg.

Each participant takes a pre-assessment, which helps determine their individualized plan for the program.

“We write them an exercise program that meets them right where they are. They have those personal goals that they move towards,” she said.

Participants meet twice a week during the program and participate in aerobic workouts, resistance training and work on balance, flexibility and mediation, according to their personalized program. They also get a three-month membership to the Family Y so that they can exercise outside of the program’s regular session meetings.

At the end of the program, participants go through a post-assessment to determine how much they’ve improved.

“Across the board we see improvements with everybody by the time we get through with that 12-week period,” said Thornburg.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program sessions, which are funded by the Family Y, began at several branches Tuesday, with the last session beginning at the Aiken branch later this month. The next round of sessions is scheduled to begin in January, she said.

Cancer survivors interested in participating in the program can contact Thornburg for more information at (803) 349-8101.

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