Lancaster Family YMCA launches New Chronic Disease Prevention and Recovery Programs
One of the Key Mission Priorities at the Lancaster Family YMCA is Chronic Disease Prevention and Recovery. We are committed to offering the programs and support that help people reduce their risk for developing chronic diseases and regain good health and wellness following illness.
As part of that focus, we are excited to announce the launch of two new programs – LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. These are evidence-based programs developed by the YMCA of the USA that have been successfully implemented at YMCA branches across the country.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
In 2011, the Lancaster Family YMCA launched the Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise (CaRE) program run in partnership with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health as a way to help cancer survivors move past the physical and emotional effects of treatments. CaRE is a 12-week program offered at no cost to cancer survivors and a support friend. The program incorporates educational components to help cancer survivors develop coping skills, understand proper nutrition and learn fatigue management techniques while also offering a supportive environment where they can share their stories and motivate each other.
In May, we will transition from offering the CaRE program to offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer safely and gradually rebuild functional strength and endurance and restore their ability to comfortably perform daily activities with increased energy and mobility. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA offers a holistic curriculum very much like the CaRE program and will still run in 12-week sessions at no cost to cancer survivors. The transition to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA will provide access to a national network of resources to support cancer survivors. We are pleased to continue working with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA will be offered with their support.
YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes This condition puts people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes unless they make healthy lifestyle changes such as eating healthy food, becoming physically active and losing weight.
To tackle this pressing health issue, we are launching a pilot class of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program this spring 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.
We are grateful for fellow nonprofits, Y members, donors and friends whose support enables us to continue to offer programs like these. We believe LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program will help us make an even bigger impact in improving the health and well-being of this community.