RIDGEWOOD YMCA HOSTS GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR LIVING STRONG, LIVING WELL CANCER FITNESS PROGRAM PARTI

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, the Ridgewood YMCA held its celebration for graduates of the 44th and 45th classes of Living Strong, Living Well (LSLW), a free strength and fitness program offered by the Y to cancer patients and survivors. The program began in 2008, and, to date, has touched the lives of over 200 participants. Developed by Stanford University, and partially funded through a grant from the Valley Hospital Foundation, LSLW is a 12-week small group class designed to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Unique benefits of this program are nutritional information, social and emotional support, and improved levels of energy and self-esteem.

“The LSLW program serves many important purposes for the participants. It increases their strength, flexibility, and range of motion. But more importantly it has helped them recover. By meeting others with similar issues, they develop friendships and a new support system which helps them realize that they can overcome anything,” says Carol Livingstone, Health & Fitness Director. “Consistent exercise habits gives them hope for a healthier future. They find an inner strength which empowers them to accomplish their goals.”

The class is offered at no charge, and each participant is given a free Three-Month Triangle Membership, which includes access to workout equipment, two pools, and fitness classes. The next session begins September 9th. For more information, contact Carol Livingstone at 201-444-5600, ex. 330 or visit www.ridgewoodymca.org/lslw.