Friday, May 28, 2010

Livestrong at the YWCA - Exercise and Thrive

If you or a loved one is recovering from cancer you already know that you need different kinds of support in your life than possibly before cancer entered it.  The YWCA and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program have created a wonderful program for cancer survivors.  Some sessions have already started while others are starting soon.  The program is continuous and will be available on a rotating schedule.

Exercise and Thrive
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program and YMCA of Greater Seattle have partnered to offer a 10-week strength and fitness program, called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Exercise and Thrive, for people who have completed active cancer treatment.

For cancer survivors, studies suggest that exercise improves long-term survival and quality of life.  Through Exercise and Thrive, survivors build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve their capacity to perform activities of daily living, from work to play.  Exercise and Thrive may help reduce the severity of cancer side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve participants' energy levels and self-esteem.

Classes are held twice a week, for ten weeks, at multiple Greater Seattle YMCA locations.  Sessions begin in winter, spring and fall each year.

Beginning May 10, 2010:
909 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Monday/Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30 PM

5003 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4399
Monday/Wednesday 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Beginning May 11, 2010:
Auburn Valley
1620 Perimeter Rd. SW, Auburn, WA 98001
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 AM

14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM/Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

11811 NE 195th St., Bothell, WA 98011
Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Beginning May 25, 2010:
Dale Turner
19290 Aurora Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:30 PM/Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Beginning June 14, 2010:
West Seattle/Fauntleroy
9140 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98136
Monday/Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 PM

The Exercise and Thrive program is a benefit provided through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Our goal is to serve all community income levels.  Fees range from $25 - $165 based on ability to pay.

Participants have access to the YMCA for the duration of the program.  Community participants who join the YMCA within one week of the program end date will have their joining fees waived.  Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available to those in need.

Cancer survivors over the age of 21 who:
Are at least 90 days out of cancer treatment with no evidence of active disease
Have a strong personal desire to improve their strength and fitness
 Agree to obtain medical clearance for participation
  Please contact:
 YMCA of Greater Seattle
Lindsey Gregerson
Chronic Disease Director
(206) 344-3181
Fax (206) 382-7283

Eligibility Guidelines and Requirements

We are often asked how we are able to provide such wonderful services to our community members at low or no cost.  The other part of the question is what are the eligibility requirements to utilize the screenings?  We are fortunate to have our screenings provided for you through the Washington Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP).  Remember the key is early detection!

Eligibility: Women ages 40 and over who have no health insurance, and whose household income is at, or below 250%, of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPLG), are eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screening, and diagnostic services. For mammogram screening only, the income is at, or below 300% FPLG.

Eligibility Third Party Coverage: Age- and income-eligible women having insurance that covers the procedures either in part, or having not met their deductible of over $500.00, may get their screening and diagnostic services through this program.

Ineligibility Third Party Coverage: Medicaid and Medicare Part B covers the same screening and diagnostic services as BCCHP. Women with Medicaid as their primary health coverage are not eligible. A woman's Medicaid coverage for her dependents has no bearing on her eligibility. Women without Medicare Part B may be eligible for the program.

For more information visit the Washington State Health Department website at:

Search The Department of Health Web Site
Department of Health A-Z Topic List

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please give us a call and we will answer your concerns.  (206) 436-8671.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

LBT Rainbow Health Fair - Free Peer Health Services & Mammograms

Saturday, June 26, 2010

10 am - 3 pm

Gilda's Club

1400 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

Join us for peer complimentary health services, like acupuncture, massage, energy healing, heart health, HIV info, naturopath, diabetes and community organizations sharing a range of healthy living information from early detection of breast cancer to overall health.
Free mammograms for un- and underinsured income eligible people over 40.

For an appointment for a mammogram call: 206-436-8666 or email (insurance accepted as well).