Cancer Survivorship - YMCA of Greater Des Moines Healthy Living Center | Clive, Iowa 50325
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Cancer Survivorship

The YMCA Healthy Living Center has received the 2012 LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Excellence and Innovation award! 

It is the goal of the YMCA Healthy Living Center to support cancer survivor's pursuit of health and well-being by creating and implementing programs that fit the needs of our cancer survivors.  In the cancer survivorship program at the YMCA, participants are evaluated by medical or fitness professionals and a program is designed to meet each participant's specific needs.  Individuals have the choice to do their workouts on their own time or during a time when other participants are working out.  The goal of this program is to continue to improve the quality of life for our Cancer Survivors.

Fee:      Evaluation by physical therapist (if needed) is billed to health insurance
              First 12-weeks FREE to Cancer Survivors with a referral from a physician
              Medical programming is FREE with a YMCA Healthy Living Center membership

For more information contact the medical programs office at 515-645-3350.
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LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Cancer Education Series
Presented by Mercy Cancer Center staff and health professionals, this educational series is designed for cancer survivors.  Class meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the YMCA Healthy Living Center in conference room #4.  This is FREE and open to the public.  Upcoming topics can be found here:
Cancer Education Series


This is a studio cycling class led by Dr. Richard Deming of Mercy Cancer Center.  It's intended for cancer survivors and supporters.  It's a spirited class with fun music.  The class is appropriate for everyone - beginners to experience cyclists. 
Wednesdays - 6:50pm - 7:45pm Free to YMCA Members

Recovery Smoothie Time!
Recover from exercises and socialize with friends at Smoothie Time, located in the Nutrition Center after cycle class.
Wednesdays-7:45pm Free to YMCA Members and guests

*Sponsored by Kitchen Collage*

Aquatic Lymphedema Exercise Class
Led by a Mercy Occupational Therapist who specializes in Lymphedema, this class is especially geared toward Lymphedema patients, but is beneficial to all people that want to improve range of motion, strength, decrease scar tissue and improve or enhance lymphatic flow.  Sponsored by Katzmann Breast Center at Mercy and Bras for the Cause.
Tuesdays - 4:30pm
Free to YMCA members

* Sponsored by Mercy Katzmann Breast Center  *

Lymphedema Support Group
The support group meets the first Monday of even months from 6:00-7:00pm at the Katzmann Breast Center at the Mercy West Clinic at 1601 West 114th Street, Clive, Iowa.

Chaplain Services
The mission of the YMCA is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body, for all.” In keeping with that mission, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines provides caring support to YMCA volunteers, members and staff, especially in times of crisis, through the YMCA Chaplain. The Chaplain program is a non denominational care-giving ministry that aids and sustains people with Christian concern, friendship, suggestions and referral to other supportive organizations when needed.

Everyone needs someone to talk to when they are hurting, confused, or feel alone. Assistance is available in situations that may involve conflicts between individuals or groups, personal illness or loss, need for emotional support, or a need for spiritual guidance. The support given is through Pastoral counseling and guidance. It is completely confidential and free of charge.

  • Pastoral Care - Prayer, scriptures, insight, listening, encouragement, support.
  • Pastoral Counseling - Individual, marriage and family counseling on moral, ethical, emotional, spiritual or faith issues. 
  • Pastoral Visitation - Visiting of the hospitalized and confined, per-operative prayer or counseling, as desired
  • Spiritual Direction and Mentoring - Guidance in finding a closer relationship with God.
  • Referral Services - Help in locating a place of worship, and counseling referrals about issues outside the Chaplain's expertise.
  • Memorial Services - Chaplain lead funeral services in memory of a deceased loved one.  

Chaplains are on site at the Healthy Living Center Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-noon. Chaplain David Harper can be contacted at 971-2946 to schedule an appointment.


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