BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – The YMCA is launching a new program aimed at helping local cancer survivors get their health back on track.
We often hear about cancer and the major impact it has on individuals during treatment, but what what happens when treatment is over?
“Going to the grocery store, walking the dog, doing things in your yard again. So really just trying to help them get to where they once were,” said YMCA of the Capital Area President & CEO Christian Engle.
Post treatment can be very challenging for cancer survivors, and that’s why the YMCA is partnering with local cancer treatment centers to implement a new program to help make that transition a little easier.
“They will participate in different exercise modalities, they have a great social component and just a lot of opportunity to meet with other people that are going through the same thing,” said Engle.
The Live Strong Program focuses on day to day tasks that may be more challenging post treatment.
“They get to come to the Y with their family, they get to bring their kids here or their spouse, so everyone has something to do while they are participating in the program that is helping them kind of regain their health and regain their quality of life,” said Engle.
Another big component of cancer treatment is having a strong support system.
” I wanted to make sure that that if you are coming here and participating that your family could be here as well. And it doesn’t mean that they’re in the program with you, it could, but it doesn’t mean that they are. It just means that you’re coming together and being together and not having to figure out how to negotiate an afternoon with everything else that is going on,” said Engle.
The program is offered at no cost to the participant or their families.
“It’s a significant cost already when you’re going through any kind of treatments, so we thought it was important that they could be able to take advantage of this without having to worry about paying for anything,” said Engle.
Classes are offered twice a week at the AC Lewis location.
Engle said he hopes to expand the program to other locations over the next year.
The Live Strong Program is now open at the Paula G. Manship, Pennington and Exxon Mobile locations.
The goal is to have the program nationwide by February.
If you would like to learn more about the Live Strong Program or to register for the program, contact your local YMCA branch or visit their website.