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YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing offers breast cancer support class

Monday, October 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
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YMCA’s Turning Point Program decreases stress in cancer patients and survivors

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing is offering life-changing experiences to breast cancer patients and survivors through their Turning Point Program.

The Turning Point Program, founded in 2008 through funding provided by Susan G. Komen Michigan, has served 156 women during this grant cycle with plans to serve 200 more by March 2017. The program supports breast cancer survivors once they have been diagnosed and throughout their lives to improve their emotional and physical health as well as their overall quality of life. The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s goal is to help reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and aid in prevention of recurrence.

The program is a healthy lifestyle initiative which targets at-risk breast cancer survivors, providing them with physical, social and emotional support. It is one of the only survivor programs in the greater Lansing community and our team at the Y is proud to offer this kind of care in a time of need,” said Cheri Schimmel, development director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing.

The program provides 47 weeks of fitness, yoga and nutritional education centered around three days of fitness activities. Class activities focus on stress reduction, physical fitness, nutritional education and important social support. The program’s classes are closely monitored in a group setting by certified staff who are trained to work with cancer survivors.

In addition to the physical and mental benefits found through the specialized classes, the Turning Point Program also offers support and relationship building with fellow survivors. Breast cancer survivors can attend the program free of charge. The Turning Point Program is offered at eight area locations including: Parkwood YMCA, DeWitt YMCA, Westside YMCA, Jackson YMCA, Oak Park YMCA, Downtown YMCA, Alive! -Charlotte and Cristo Rey Community Center.

For more information about the Turning Point Program or to sign up, contact Joy Berwald by phone at 517-827-9677 or by email at Learn more at


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