Free program helps adult cancer survivors return to physical activity
The Lompoc Family YMCA is accepting applications for its upcoming LIVESTRONG program, which helps adult cancer survivors return to physical activity, increase fitness performance and have better quality of life.
The next session of the free, 12-week long program begins February 6. The class will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
“Many survivors are looking for a safe, supportive space to get into a fitness routine following their treatment,” said Nicki Marmelzat, who runs the LIVESTRONG program at the Lompoc Family YMCA. “This program helps survivors be part of an active community and regain their physical fitness.”
LIVESTRONG partnered with the YMCA of the USA in 2007 to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Survivors participate in free or low-cost customized exercise regimens catered to their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care.
A study conducted by Yale University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute found that participants experienced significant increases in physical activity, overall quality of life as well as decreases in cancer-related fatigue.
For more information or to sign up for this program, call Nicki Marmelzat, Regional Health and Wellness Director at (805) 686-2037 ext. 223.
About the Channel Islands YMCA
Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C Gildred YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth & Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the Isla Vista Teen Center and My Home at Artisan Court.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Lompoc Family YMCA, visit http://www.ciymca.org/lompoc/ or call (805) 736-3483.