Living Strong Living Well

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.

Where We Began & Where We Are Now

The program was first implemented in the Page Mill YMCA in January 2002. It has now expanded to ten YMCAs who are running the program from San Jose to San Mateo. Additional LSLW programs are also running in YMCAs throughout the US now.

Why Living Strong Living Well is Important

This program fulfills an important need of the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in that transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their normal life. The fact that the program is outside a medical facility and integrated into the community serves to emphasize that Living Strong Living Well is about health, not about disease. The positive and enthusiastic feedback that we receive from individuals who have gone through the program convinces us that this is a significant community program that fills an important, and previously un-addressed, need of cancer patients and survivors.

For more information about participating in the program or receive training to deliver this program, please contact Joyce Hanna at or call (650) 725-5014.

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