Chronic Disease Prevention and Recovery

By providing programs that develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, the YMCA is improving the health of our community by helping people reduce their risk of chronic disease and regain wellness after illness.

Cancer Survivorship

There were approximately 2800 new cancer cases in Lancaster
County in 2017.*
Cancer survivors often face challenges in regaining their health and wellness and in overcoming the residual effects of cancer treatments such as fatigue and loss of appetite and strength.

Since 2011, our Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise (CaRE) program run in partnership with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health has channeled the power of exercise to help cancer survivors in Lancaster County move past the physical and emotional effects of treatments. CaRE participants meet twice a week at the YMCA for group and individual workouts led by a Y personal coach trained in supporting their needs. The program incorporates educational components to help cancer survivors develop coping skills, understand proper nutrition and learn fatigue management techniques while offering a supportive environment where they can share their stories and motivate each other.

2017 Cancer Survivorship Highlights

76 people participated in the CaRE program across all YMCA branches. Offered at no cost to the participant and a support friend.

Participants from the September 2011 through January 2017 CaRE classes reported a 76% improvement in their functional activity and an 89% improvement in endurance.

In 2018, the CaRE program transitioned to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA which provides access to additional tools to support cancer survivors while still offering a holistic curriculum similar to CaRE. We are pleased to continue working with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered with their support.

Diabetes Prevention

1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.**
Prediabetes puts many people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes unless they make healthy lifestyle changes.

In 2018, we will launch a pilot class of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program with the support of the Highmark Foundation. In this one-year, community-based program, participants will work in small groups with a trained Lifestyle Coach to learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.

*2017 Pennsylvania Department of Health-Division of Health Informatics

Learn more in our 2017 Community Impact Report

**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention