Altru Family YMCA launches new ‘Livestrong’ program for cancer survivors

Classes will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. for 12 weeks.

Lloyd Olson
In this Herald file photo, Lloyd Olson works on equipment designed especially for people in wheelchairs called "Freedom Trainer" -- which adjusts to the height of the person in the wheelchair. Mike Bonewell is pictured helping Olson work on strength in his arms at the Altru Family YMCA. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – A new LIVESTRONG session, a free program for cancer survivors, will start Sept. 26 at the Altru Family YMCA, 215 N. Seventh St.

Classes will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. for 12 weeks.

LIVESTRONG is a physical and wellness program for cancer survivors that focuses on the improvement of strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and the emotional well-being of cancer survivors and their families.

A caregiver, family member or friend may attend with the participant. Classes are conducted by certified instructors, YMCA trainers and coaches, and Altru staff.

“Our focus is to provide a community environment where we can help people affected by cancer connect with one another during treatment and beyond, while becoming stronger in spirit, mind and body,” Patti McEnroe, YMCA membership and marketing director, said in a news release.


Research shows that exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve mood, and bounce back from debilitating effects of cancer treatment more quickly, McEnroe said.

Each participant receives a 16-week pass to use the YMCA.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation and the YMCA of the U.S.A. collaborated to provide a program targeted at helping people affected by cancer reach their health and well-being goals. The program is offered at more than 730 YMCAs across the country and has served more than 76,000 cancer survivors.

For more information, call McEnroe at (701) 775-2586 or email her at .

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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