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The YMCA of Central Kentucky has received a $55,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation that will grow the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Kentucky. One of the most effective ways to combat and prevent cancer is by encouraging healthy living and physical activity.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.

Participants in the program receive a free three-month YMCA family membership and attend a 12-week program in a compassionate, small group setting.

“Since 2011, I’ve personally been involved with the YMCA of Central Kentucky and have seen what their program means to Lexington and the surrounding areas,” said Anthem’s Regional Vice President Kennan Wethington.  “The Anthem Foundation is excited that we are continuing our support of the Y’s efforts to expand LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to serve more cancer survivors by helping them gain back their strength, stamina and resilience from this devastating disease.”

The grant will help cancer survivors improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life.

“The Anthem Foundation has helped fund the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program since its inception, and this latest grant will allow the Y to train more coaches and expand the number of classes, reducing the waiting list for community members wanting to participate in the program,” said YMCA of Central Kentucky President and Chief Executive Officer David Martorano.

Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the program, finding that patients who exercise regularly after cancer treatment had in some cases as much as a 39 percent decrease in cancer mortality. This grant will help the Y continue to support individuals and families who are trying to move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

For more information on the program, go to ymcacky.org/programs/livestrong-at-the-ymca or call your nearest YMCA of Central Kentucky location.

This article also appears on page 15 of the September 2016 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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