Livestrong for cancer survivors at the Y

Published 10:18 am Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rebuild your strength and spirit. Live strong.

The Davie Family YMCA is conducting a 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors called “Livestrong.” Kick-off night is Aug. 24 at 6 p.m., and the group meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to help participants improve energy levels and self esteem, build strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve ability to perform everyday tasks,” said Teresa Muncus, director of wellness and group exercise.

The criteria to participate: ask your doctor to complete the Livestrong at the YMCA referral form. Consult your oncologist or a hospital onconlogy specialist before joining; enroll by phone, email or visiting the Y; and commit to attending 80 percent of the classes.

Boyd Winfrey took the class as a cancer survivor and is pleased with the results. Following is a question and answer session with Winfrey.

How large was the group?

Winfrey: Five signed up for the program, three finished.

Did you enjoy the fellowship with group members?

Winfrey: The fellowship was great and motivating.

Which exercise training did you enjoy the most?

Winfrey: I enjoyed the free weights and the treadmill.

Which exercise training do you continue to use?

Winfrey: I do the same routine two to three times a week.

Do you still have contact with anyone from the group?

Winfrey: Teresa and I have met twice at the YMCA.

Was having the free 12-week Y membership helpful to you and your family?

Winfrey: It was motivating and physically beneficial, but I was already a Y member.

Do you feel stronger in body, mind and spirit after being part of the Livestrong program at the Davie Family Y?

Winfrey: I have improved physically and mentally from the program.

What else would like to share with other cancer survivors who may read this, to encourage them to participate in the Livestrong program?

Winfrey: The class is well worthwhile. It met all of my goals and expectations. the program and the people of the program gave me hope.

To learn more or register, contact Teresa Muncus  at 336-751-9622 ext. 6455 or