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Cancer can take a lot out of a person. The fight to survive, the treatments, and the aftermath can leave survivors feeling weak and defeated. This is why the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program was created. This program is designed specifically to help cancer survivors reclaim their strength and vitality. By focusing on physical fitness and emotional support, the program has helped many survivors regain their confidence and their health.

You are invited to a LIVESTRONG Open House!

Where: Lake Otis YMCA of Alaska
In the meeting room adjacent the member lounge
March 6th ,1-3 PM
Why: Come meet the instructors and staff. See the facility. Learn about course start dates.
Ask your questions about the program. Meet other survivors. And of course enjoy a tasty snack!

Physical activity plays a crucial role in the recovery process for cancer patients. Not only does it help to improve overall physical strength and endurance, but it also has numerous psychological benefits. Engaging in regular exercise can help reduce fatigue, improve mood, and enhance overall quality of life during and after cancer treatment. It is important, however, to consult with healthcare professionals before starting any exercise program to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for individual needs and capabilities. Some recommended forms of physical activity for cancer patients include walking, swimming, gentle yoga, and strength training exercises. These activities can help rebuild muscle mass, maintain flexibility, and boost cardiovascular health. In addition to the physical benefits, exercise can also provide a sense of empowerment and control over one’s own health, which is especially important during the recovery process. Therefore, incorporating physical activity into the journey of cancer recovery can have profound positive effects on both the body and mind.

Program Details:Details

Our 12-week program* includes:

  • Two 75 to 90-minute sessions per week
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • strength training
  • balance and flexibility exercises
  • Fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
  • YMCA-certified instructors helping you every step of the way

Program Goals:

  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks
  • Improve energy levels, build muscle mass and strength
  • Reduce the severity of therapy side effects and prevent unwanted weight changes
  • Develop an ongoing physical fitness program, not only as part of recovery but as a way of life

*Participation in this program requires a referral and medical clearance from a physician.

Open to adults 18 years or older at low or no cost.

Participants of the next 12-week LIVESTRONG wellness program will receive a free membership for themselves and anyone in their household for the three months the LIVESTRONG program runs.

How to register for LIVESTRONG® at the Y

Those with a strong personal desire to reclaim their health and are ready to commit themselves to this program are welcome to register with us today. Before registration, potential participants must:

Inform their physician that they plan to join the program.

Contact us at vickie@ymcaalaska.org and give permission to contact their physician or healthcare provider (as needed)


Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. Cancer survivors are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships, and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

If you are a referring Dr, you can be confident your patient will be enrolled in specialized programs designed specifically for individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. These programs typically involve a personalized exercise plan, nutritional guidance, and support from trained professionals.

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean that making positive lifestyle changes is impossible. In fact, it’s even more crucial for individuals with chronic conditions to prioritize their health and well-being. If you find yourself in need of some extra motivation, ask us about our Medical Memberships.