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The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates the 20th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation

Jul 14, 2021

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The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates
the 20th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation 



Photo Caption (LtoR): Pictured celebrating the Madison Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA 20th graduation are Madison Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduates Mary Ann Olivieri of Madison, John Longo of Randolph, Dora Monseratte of Morristown, Donald Gulbicki of Madison, and Madison Area YMCA Health & Wellness Director Christian Esola of Red Bank. Not pictured is Barbara Hartmann of Morris Plains. A big congratulations to all of our graduates on all of their hard work! All staff and participants pictured are fully vaccinated and are in accordance with Madison Area YMCA’s mask requirements. 

(Madison, NJ) July 14, 2021-Madison Area YMCA’s 20th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class graduated on Thursday, July 1, 2021. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program supports cancer survivors and their families through a no-fee, 12-week, research-based program that engages them in physical and social activities to strengthen the whole person. 

Bringing those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery, survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in. The 12-week program brings together cancer survivors and YMCA staff trained in cancer care to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life.  

In existence since 2013, the no-fee program which also offers complimentary Y services to survivors’ family members, receives support from our community through donations and sponsorships. 

To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please contact Health & Wellness Director Christian Esola by email at or call the Madison Area YMCA at 973-822-YMCA (9622). 

The Madison Area YMCA is a mission-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age.

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  • Y Ninja Fit—It’s a Hit!

    Mar 02, 2020

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    Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!)

    Teens experience the best of both worlds in this one-hour combination class of obstacle course training and fitness training. The first 30 minutes takes teens through a classic Y Ninja class—climbing towers of mats, scaling the warped wall, dropping down to hit the ground running to race through courses that build coordination and motor control, test physical strength, instill discipline and push agility to new heights. In the second half hour, teens hit the circuits and learn fitness skills that enhance their Ninja skills and start them on the path to life-long healthy living. 

    “I like Y Ninja Fit because it's fun and I get to hang out with my friends,” says Dylan Gregory, 13, of Madison. The equipment is really cool—the foam pit is my favorite—and the teachers are really nice.”

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