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SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES 16 TH REACH TO RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL TAIPEI, TAIWAN November 11, 2011 ANDY MILLER, MHSE, MCHES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,

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1 SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES 16 TH REACH TO RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL TAIPEI, TAIWAN November 11, 2011 ANDY MILLER, MHSE, MCHES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MISSION

2 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA - OVERVIEW 2| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES A twelve-week, small group physical activity and exercise program designed for adult cancer survivors. Support transition between treatment and post-treatment Help to regain strength and energy Community-based

3 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA – NEED 3| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES According to the LIVESTRONG 2010 Survey of more than 3000 post-treatment cancer survivors: 86% reported experiencing at least one physical concern Most frequent concerns were energy and rest, concentration, and sexual functioning Each concern caused significant functional impairment in respondents to varying degrees Energy was the highest-rated concern (53%) 44% reported not receiving care for this concern v. 9% who reported having their needs addressed in some way Consistent with our 2006 survey findings (n=2,307)

4 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA – NEED 4| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES According to the LIVESTRONG 2010 Survey of more than 3000 post-treatment cancer survivors: 93% reported experiencing at least one emotional concern Most frequent concerns were fear of recurrence, sadness and depression, grief and identity Changes in personal appearance was also highly ranked (31%) Vast majority of respondent for all categories reported not having received care for these concerns

5 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA – RATIONALE 5| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES Research has indicated that physical activity after cancer treatment: Helps reduce fatigue and improve mood Increase muscle strength and physical endurance YMCA is one of the U.S.’s largest not-for-profit providers of health and well-being programs: 57% of U.S. households live within 3 miles of a Y Have global partnerships to expand reach outside the U.S.

6 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA - GOALS 6| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES Through structured programs and individualized goals, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA aims to help survivors: Build muscle mass and muscle strength Increase flexibility and endurance Improve functional ability Reduce severity of side-effects Prevent unwanted weight changes Improve energy levels Improve self esteem Develop their own personal long-term program Feel connected to a supportive community

7 LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA – OUTCOMES 7| SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES By the end of 2011: LIVESTRONG at the Y will be available in nearly 200 Ys across the U.S. 56% improved leg strength 45% improved upper body strength 85% increased their core (abdominal) strength 60% improved aerobic capacity We are continuing to evaluate the program and its impact, and designing a longitudinal research study to demonstrate effectiveness

8 “…I am thrilled that I have connected with those at the Y. It is these connections that I value most. I believe this program saved my life.”

9 THANK YOU


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