A total of five adult cancer survivors will graduate at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday from the first LIVESTRONG at the Neosho Freeman Family YMCA, located at 4701 Chouteau Ave., Neosho.
The public is invited to attend.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal.”
“It is a program designed to help them just increase their overall wellness in terms of cardio and strengthening conditioning, as well as building relationships among each other,” said Sarah Sonis LIVESTRONG at the YMCA health and wellness representative. “We have them on treadmills, some tried the elliptical and stationary bikes where they may not have tried those machines in the past. We also did water aerobics with them to give them a little bit of a variety in terms of what all other cardio vascular exercises they can do. We also have them do strength training and initially set them up on all of the weight machines in our fitness center, so they have a circuit that they go through when they come in.”
The five participants met twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. at the YMCA.
The program was free of charge.
“We initially did fitness assessments which included a six minute walk test… there was a couple of other flexibility assessments that we did to determine what their fitness level was initially,” she said. “It is a 12 week program so we also reevaluated and did assessments at the halfway point and did it again at the end. At the halfway point, they had all improved from where they had started, after six weeks.”
Sonis is pleased with the outcome of the participants.
“We are excited to wrap up the pilot session of our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program with a graduation to celebrate all the success and accomplishments of the program participants,” she said.
During Wednesday’s graduation, aside from the graduation, there will be light refreshments and those who would like to get more information can.
“Anybody that is wanting to come is welcome to come just to learn a little bit about the LIVESTRONG program at the Y,” Sonis said. “(And) just to support the people that were in our pilot session and just to celebrate their successes that they have accomplished during this program.”
Another session of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is scheduled for early spring, for more information, contact Sarah Sonis, LIVESTRONG at 455-9999.