Livestrong forum promotes active cancer survivors

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne hosted an educational forum discussing a nationwide wellness program offered locally called Livestrong. The program which started in 2008, was designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve holistic health goals.

Area leaders and medical experts gathered at the Parkview Family YMCA for the forum. Some of the members who participated in the discussion were Allen County Health Commissioner, Dr. McMahan, CEO of Parkveiw Cancer Services, Rae Gonterman, a representative from the Livestrong Foundation and two participants from the program.

“Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on people,” YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne Director of Health Initiatives, Wendy Spitznagel said. “Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment.”

The YMCA and Livestrong joined together to create a program focused on well-being and physical activity. The program is free and available to anyone who meets eligibility requirements. The program is only offered at the Jorgenson and Parkview Family YMCA. However, the YMCA hopes to expand the program to other branches in the future.

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