LIVESTRONG at the Wang YMCA Begins April 2

– The Wang YMCA – a leading nonprofit that strengthens community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility – is proud to offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA this spring. The twelve week program is designed for adult cancer survivors, including those currently in treatment and those who have been out of treatment for years. The next session begins Tuesday, April 2nd and meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 – 12:30 pm. LIVESTRONG is free of charge for participants and open to both Y members as well as those not currently members of the Y. Continue reading

Wang YMCA offers fitness program for cancer survivors

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Continue reading

Smoking threatens children’s health

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Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.

“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.” Continue reading