Through this 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. In additional to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the mental health and emotional well-being of survivors and their families.

This program provides a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. Mental health groups focus on helping participants learn and practice skills that will both establish a healthy foundation of mental health and help support them when challenges arise. The content of these groups align with the Dinner Table Resilience Series.

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 Systems and Gundersen Health Systems.  Both medical facilities refer patients to the program.

NEW! Stronger Together Peer Support Groups

Stronger Together is a LIVESTRONG Alumni peer support group for those who have participated in our LIVESTRONG at the Y program. The meet ups will take place in the Wellness Center at both Y branches. Please wear your yellow LIVESTRONG shirt to alumni can recognize and support one another. A Y membership is required to participate in this peer support group.
Dahl Branch
Tuesdays 7-8 AM
Thursdays 12-1 PM
Houser Branch
Mondays 7-8 AM
Wednesdays 12-1 PM

Contact: Dana Boler, Health Interventions Director, at [email protected]

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LIVESTRONG is fully funded by donations to our Annual Campaign.


Inspire, Connect and Restore

Cancer survivor program for youth and young adults

  is designed to help youth and young adult cancer survivors regain their health and well-being before, during and after cancer treatments. This FREE year-long physical activity program will help transition cancer survivors into the next chapter of their health and wellness journey.

Criteria for Participation
Any youth or young adult from birth to 18 years of age who is currently going through cancer treatment or has gone through some form of cancer treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) in the past that wants to regain their health and well-being.

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For more information about the local LIVESTRONG® at the Y or A New Direction, please fill out this form: