Michiana Family YMCA

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YMCA of Michiana


As diagnosis and treatment of cancer improves, more and more patients find themselves in a transitional period between completing cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their normal life (or their “new normal”). Our program will take place at the Michiana Family YMCA, as opposed to a medical facility, so that we can focus on well-being, not disease.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free twelve-week, small group program that meets an important need in our community: supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors.

The goals of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA include:

  • Improving strength & endurance

  • Increasing flexibility and day-to-day activities

  • Reducing the severity of therapy side effects

  • Preventing unwanted weight changes

  • Improving self-esteem and energy levels

  • Assisting in the development of a physical fitness program so the survivors to continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their continued recovery, but as a way of life.

In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants with a supportive environment and a feeling of community alongside their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 574-287-9622. 


LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA is made possible entirely through community support. You can make a difference in a cancer survivor's life by donating to this program today. 

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Alumni Opportunities

Did you already graduate from our 12 week LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program?

We would love for you to stay engaged with us! We have a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Michiana Facebook page. Plus, our LIVESTRONG Ambassador, Jo Ellen Vest, would love to hear from you. Her email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We also have weekly LIVESTRONG Graduate Classes. These classes are free with a YMCA of Michiana membership or for $12.50 per month, non-members can attend one class per week (must be the same class each week). Classes are as follows:

Mondays at 11am at the Riverview Family YMCA - Aerobic Room
Tuesdays at 5:45pm at the Riverview Family YMCA - Community Room 
Wednesdays at 5:45pm at the Edison Lakes Family YMCA - Community Room (starting Feb. 1)

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Read more about our financial assistance.