The Gateway Family YMCA Offers LIVESTRONG® AT THE YMCA

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch will be hosting it’s fifth program session of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is offered free to cancer survivors to provide support, assistance and a strong community.  This program will be starting at the Wellness Center Branch during the month of March 2017, with another program starting at the Rahway Branch later this Spring.

“Research shows exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve their mood and bounce back from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment more quickly,” said Dr. Ruth Rechis, LIVESTRONG Foundation Vice President of Programs. “But there weren’t enough programs to help people affected by cancer reach their health and well-being goals, so LIVESTRONG and the Y joined forces to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.  The Y is the perfect collaborator because of its national reach, commitment to meeting the needs of all community members and history of program innovation in support of health and wellness.”

As part of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person.  Participants work with specially trained staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability.  In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

“We are excited to collaborate with LIVESTRONG to offer those who have been diagnosed with cancer the support they need to build both emotional and physical strength,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA.  “With a mission centered on balance, the Y strives to be a leading voice on health and well-being for our community by providing resources and guidance so that all people, no matter what their circumstance, can achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body,”  added Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is part of a collaboration between YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the Y, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the organization created to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action.  The foundation is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 32 million people around the world living with cancer today.    LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, launched in 2008, is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country’s growing population of cancer survivors and their families.

The Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Rd, Union program begins in March 2017, with evening classes.  The Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving St, Rahway program begins in May 2017, with a day and evening class.

The Gateway Family YMCA serves communities in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County, with five branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union.  For more information on LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at the Wellness Center Branch, contact Paul Mickiewicz at 908-349-9622 or  For more information on LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at the Rahway Branch, contact Lexy Anderson at 732-388-0057 or  For more information on The Gateway Family YMCA, visit

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