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July 31, 2023

YMCA of MEWSA Offers LIVESTRONG® for Remainder of 2023

The completely free 12-week program where cancer survivors increase their strength, promote physical activity and improve mental health in a supportive peer community will be available at each location. 

Beginning in September, the YMCA of MEWSA will offer LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA at the Metuchen, Edison and YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center locations, closing out the year.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free 12-week program focusing on cancer survivors' physical and mental health. It also allows survivors to be in a supportive peer community with fellow survivors. 

In 2023, 15 individuals have already graduated from the research-backed LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program at the YMCA of MEWSA. This program is run by LIVESTRONG® ambassadors who undergo significant training to work with cancer survivors. 

“I’m much stronger than I was before,” says a 2023 Metuchen LIVESTRONG® graduate. “I’m not as fatigued, I’m more stable and made great friends along the way.”

Wellness Director from the YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center, Hannah Thomas, says, “It is an honor to be a part of this program. It is amazing to see the participants grow throughout the session. They become stronger physically but also become so much more confident in themselves. They truly are reclaiming their body, mind and spirit.” 

The final 2023 sessions will begin in September at the Metuchen branch, October at the Edison branch and November at the YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center.

Individuals interested in participating at the Metuchen branch can contact Brenda Werneiwskei at, Christine Jaffe can be contacted at for the Edison branch and Hannah Thomas can be contacted at for the YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center. 

About the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy

The YMCA of MEWSA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit health and wellness organization. For 100 years, the YMCA has proudly served Metuchen, Edison, Colonia, Avenel, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Piscataway and surrounding areas.

For more information about the YMCA of MEWSA, visit or contact the Metuchen Branch at 732-548-2044, the Edison Branch at 732-494-3232, the South Amboy Branch at 732-553-9622 or the Piscataway branch at 732-562-2302.