Living Strong, Living Well is a free, twelve-week, small-group strength and fitness training program designed for adult cancer survivors to improve functional ability and quality of life.

Living Strong Living Well™ (LSLW) is a twelve-week small-group strength and fitness training program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned 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 and quality of life. Research is now showing that physical activity may decrease recurrence and increase survivorship for cancer patients. This program is available at no cost to participants.


About Our Program

Our goal is to help patients improve functional ability. We empower participants to develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice as a way of life. Participants receive personalized instruction from experts in cancer, lymphedema, post rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care. Our program is grounded in research indicating decreased recurrence and increased survivorship in cancer patients, and our data indicate a significant difference in fatigue, fitness, vitality, and stress over the twelve-week program.

LSLW is run in 12 Bay Area YMCAs plus Stanford Health Care. Additional LSLW programs are now being run throughout the U.S. We are proud to have served over 3,000 participants since our inception in 2002. We offer regular training sessions for YMCAs interested in offering LSLW within their communities. For more information on this program, please visit our website.


Program Importance

An increasing number of cancer survivors find there is a transitional period between completing cancer treatment and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their “normal” life. This program is designed to empower survivors during this important stage of recovery. The program is intentionally held outside a medical facility and within the community to emphasize that LSLW is about health, not about disease. The positive and enthusiastic feedback that we receive from individuals who have gone through LSLW demonstrates the importance of this and previously unmet need, and the significance of our program to cancer patients and survivors. For more information about participating in the program or receive training to deliver this program, please contact Joyce Hanna.

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