Living Strong Living Well Ridgewood YMCA

Living Strong Living Well

A Strength and Fitness Program for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Developed by Stanford University

The Ridgewood YMCA

112 Oak Street

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

(201) 444-5600

*The YMCA: For youth development For Healthy Living & For Social Responsibility

About the Program

Living Strong Living Well is a 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Our goal is to help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability.

Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life.

The program consists of one 12-week session that meets 2x per week for 75 minutes. The program is without costs to participants.

LSLW is a free YMCA community service program and participants are enrolled as Triangle members at no cost.

Program Goals

The primary goals are to:

*Empower cancer patients/survivors

*Improve functional capacity

*Increase quality of life through an organized program of fitness & strength

LSLW is also intended to:

*Help patients build muscle mass and strength

*Increase flexibility and endurance

*Improve functional ability

*Reduce severity of therapy side effects

*Prevent unwanted weights changes

*Improve energy levels and self-esteem

The final goal at the completion of LSLW is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.

Program Description

Program Set Up

*Initial Assessment

* Goal setting

*Strength and cardio orientation YMCA Strength and Conditioning Gym

Weekly Program

*Perform progressive individual strength program with instructor guidance.

Strength Program Includes:

*Cardio, progressive strength training, flexibility and stretching, range of motion and balance of mind and body.

Program Completion:

*Fitness assessment

*Recommendation for independent continuation of fitness program.

Participant Criteria

Living Strong, Living Well is recommend for adult patients who are in or have recently completed their cancer treatments.

Participant Expectations:

*Have a strong desire to commit to the program

*Attend all 24 classes in a 12-week session

*Complete all pre-program health history and screening forms

*Give permission for the Director to contact physician or treatment provider for consent to participant in the program

Program Scehdule:


Ridgewood YMCA

112 Oak Street, Ridgewood

When: Winter, Spring and Fall

Mon and Wed from 12:30pm to 1:45pm or

Tues and Thurs from 10:30am to 11:45am

Contact : Carol Livingstone

(201) 444-5600 x330


Living Strong Living Well is under the direction of Carol Livinstone, YMCA Health & Fitness Director. Carol was trained by Stanford University to instruct and direct the Ridgewood YMCA Living Strong, Living Well program.

Carol and the YMCA certified instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, nutrition & supportive cancer care. Each participant receives instruction during the entire LSLW session.

Disclaimer: This information is taken directly from the YMCA of Ridgewood, NJ Living Strong Living Well program pamphlet. I have never used this program so I have no opinion of the program, yes or no. Please call the YMCA for more information on the program.



About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Living Strong Living Well Ridgewood YMCA

  1. jwatrel says:

    To all of you who are cancer survivors or dealing with remission, please call the YMCA on this wonderful program. Good Luck to all of you!

    Liked by 1 person

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