LIVESTRONG is a 12-week program for cancer survivors who have become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. With the help of a Cancer Specialist Trainer, participants are given the tools and guidance to begin or continue their journey of wellness. This program was designed by the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Stanford University. Program goals are to help participants build muscle mass, muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program is tailored to fit the specific type of cancer and/or needs, therefore some individuals will meet one on one, while others meet as a group. For more information, contact the YMCA in Appleton or Apple Creek: Linda VanEgeren at (920) 954-7629, Fox West: Kristin Rice at (920) 560-3413, Heart of the Valley: Colleen Eichsteadt at (920) 830-5711, Neenah/Menasha: Susan Hildebrant at (920) 886-2127, Oshkosh: Dan Braun at (920) 236-3380. Cost: Free
STAYSTRONG is a program designed to be an extension of LIVESTRONG. Instructors guide participants through physical activity sessions to help achieve personal wellness goals. Free to all graduates of LIVESTRONG, this program includes a free 9-month membership at the YMCA. For more information, contact Linda VanEgeren at (920) 954-7629. Cost: Free
PEACE (People Exercising After Cancer Enters) is a free, individualized exercise program for people who have had a cancer diagnosis, either newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor. PEACE involves gentle flexibility, strengthening, balance, endurance, and relaxation training. If appropriate, weight lifting, bike, treadmill, elliptical, and NuStep machines are used. This certified oncology rehabilitation program is taught by a member of the physical therapy staff. Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, 5th floor exercise room. Please call Mercy Oakwood Outpatient to register at (920) 223-0568. Cost: Free
THRIVE is an 8 week small group training program that emphasizes the 8 dimensions of wellness- Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, Social, Occupational, Dollars/Financial, Environmental, and Spiritual (or EPISODES) Each small group meets twice weekly via Zoom or in-person and is an hour in length. The first 45 minutes is designed as the “workout” portion and includes a variety of workouts, cardio training, mindfulness, nutrition, yoga, bodyweight exercise, HITT and Tabata. The remaining 15 minutes is designed to promote each participants THRIVE moments. THRIVE is designed to include modifications/alternatives to allow anyone, regardless of experience and/or current restrictions, to participate. For learn more visit https://www.gymfarm.org or call Jim Pahlow at 773-706-1251.