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YMCA to offer exercise for cancer survivors

Published:   |   Updated: January 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The YMCA of the Suncoast has scheduled new Livestrong group exercise classes that will address the special interests of cancer survivors. The free 12-week program will run through the end of April at the Y’s five largest branches.
 
Livestrong at the Y is tailored for cancer survivors who would like to improve their quality of life before, during and after treatment. YMCA membership isn’t required. The small group sessions are led by certified instructors and personal trainers who have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care.
 
Benefits of the program include increased flexibility and endurance, enhanced functional ability to perform everyday tasks, improved energy levels, and building of muscle mass and strength. In addition, the program helps reduce the severity of therapy side effects and prevent unwanted weight changes.
 
The Clearwater Branch, 1005 S. Highland Ave., will host the program from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays starting Jan. 28 and March 11. Contact Jason Dirienzo at (727) 461-9622.
 
The next classes start April 1 at the North Pinellas Branch, 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. Contact Leslie Stallings at (727) 772-9622.
 
In 2008, the Y and the Livestrong Foundation created Livestrong at the YMCA. For more information, contact Summer Dodge at (727) 772-9622 or sdodge@ymcasuncoast.org. Or visit www.ymcasuncoast.org.

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