The Orangeburg YMCA is offering a free 12-week membership to people who participate in the Livestrong program.

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Livestrong Foundation, established in 1997 by cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, is an evidence-based program offered at the YMCA to change and save lives. As a program instituted specifically for people affected by cancer, Livestrong invites people to take part in programs designed to increase strength, endurance, stability and cardio-respiratory abilities, as well as inspire and empower people affected by the disease.

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Each 12-week program originates and ends with tests that prove the results of the program, showing that exercise is a great component in the fight against cancer. Cancer does not have to dominate a patient’s physicality, mentality or emotionality. Through the benefits of specified exercise programs, individuals are encouraged to achieve goals and have a support community that improves confidence and self-esteem.

Through the Livestrong program, the whole person is considered, with both one-on-one and group support. This program looks beyond the disease to help people improve their lives and sense of well-being and empowers individuals through the powerful component of positivity.

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After the 12-week program, individuals are stronger, healthier and have an increased sense of well-being. With this adjusted lifestyle, people may find that they are not as dependent on medicine and are more understanding of the impact exercise has on their lives. Livestrong exercises incorporate free weights, cardio equipment, stretching and balance exercises, autonomous weighted exercises and regimens designed specifically for the patient.

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Individuals will work with certified Livestrong-trained staff and will have a 12-week free membership at the YMCA. Contact the Orangeburg YMCA at 803-268-9622 or at oywellness@columbiaymca.org or stop by member services to inquire about the program. Those interested can visit Livestrong.org to learn how the program helps individuals live beyond cancer to regain strength and support.

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The upcoming program will run from Sept. 10 through Nov. 21.

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