LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body. This nationally recognized program provides guidance on how to undertake moderate amounts of exercise to help reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance following cancer treatment.

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Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike (FES)

The FES bike helps those who are dealing with paralysis and other neuromuscular issues to regain strength in muscles that may no longer be able to function. FES is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. FES enables muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles may be weak or paralyzed through neurological disease of injury. Use of the FES bike is part of a YMCA of Greater Providence membership.

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Teen Join

This weight management program for overweight or obese teens (13-17) is offered in conjunction with Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. Teens who participate in the study learn about healthy choices in eating, appropriate exercise, how to reduce screen time, and steps to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

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Pedaling for Parkinsons™

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

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YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP)

There are over 25 million people with type 2 diabetes and over 79 million at risk for this chronic disease. Now the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help those who are at risk take control of their health by adopting habits to reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Research proves that programs like YDPP may reduce the number of type 2 diabetes cases by 60% nationwide.

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YMCA's Healthy Lifestyle Program

Developed in conjunction with the Stanford Prevention Research Center, the healthy lifestyle program brings together like-minded minded individuals to support and motivate one another to reach important health goals. Emphasis is on healthy eating and appropriate physical activity.

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