MARQUETTE — A local YMCA is providing group exercises to adult cancer survivors during Breast Cancer awareness month. Livestrong at the Y is a 12 week program designed to get cancer survivors moving after treatment. Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, and it helps to boost the immune system.

“Whether you have breast cancer, lung cancer, whether you were just diagnosed, whether you were diagnosed twenty years ago, this program can help you gain some strength,” said Healthy Living Director Christina Bennett.

As little as 30 minutes of exercise per day can help reduce the risk of cancer by up to 25 percent.

“It really gets you back into a routine of thinking about your health, and helping your body repair after it’s been slammed so hard, ” said program participant and cancer survivor Phyllis Griffin. “And you feel good. It’s a really emotional high, too. You are now figuring out a way to beat cancer in all ways in the future too.”

The program is free, and participants can work out twice a week for 90 minutes at a time.