Through this free 12-week program, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person- mind and body.

Participants of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA work with trained Y staff to improve cardiovascular endurance and functional ability, build muscle mass and strength, and increase flexibility. This program provides a supportive community environment where cancer patients can connect during treatment and beyond. In addition to the physical benefits, the program also focuses on the mental health and emotional well-being of survivors.

This program is designed to aid in the physical and emotional recovery from cancer treatment. Lifestyle discussions, culinary medicine workshops, and mental health conversations are intertwined throughout the program.

LIVESTRONG is supported by donations from our community, alumni, and friends. Participants are also given a four-month free family membership to utilize with their loved ones throughout their LIVESTRONG journey.


STAYSTRONG is our Alumni Group, offering pop-up intro to fitness classes, social gatherings and annual wellness retreat.

All LIVESTRONG graduates receive the STAYSTRONG newsletter containing events and more information. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact us.


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Program background

The FREE 12-week LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA pilot program launched locally at both Y branches the week of March 7th, 2011. The La Crosse Area Family YMCA works closely with Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System. Both medical facilities refer patients to the program.

For more information

For more information about the local LIVESTRONG®, please contact us.

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