YMCA looking for participants for LIVESTRONG program

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two western Wisconsin YMCA's are looking for cancer survivors to be part of a program that works on their emotional and physical well being.

LIVESTRONG is a 12 week free program at the La Crosse Branch and the North Branch in Onalaska.

The program includes strength training, cardiovascular work, improving range of motion, balance work and flexibility.

LIVESTRONG is open to cancer survivors 18 or older.

Participants also get a free family membership to the Y for those weeks.

YMCA project manager Denise Malone said it's important for cancer survivors to work on wellness, because fatigue is the number one side effect from treatments.

“They don't have the energy nor the ambition to do the things they were doing prior to their cancer diagnosis. So we are trying to help them get back into the community, get strong again, doing the things that they really enjoy doing,” said Malone.

Classes start the week of September 8 and will be held Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in La Crosse.

Classes will also be held Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the North Branch in Onalaska.

If you'd like to participate, contact Denise Malone at 608-519-5507.

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