A Mind, Body, Spirit Cancer Survivorship Program Open to All

The Above+Beyond Cancer Optimal Living program is open weekly to cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone who has been touched by cancer.

Patients and physicians know that strengthening one’s mind, body and spirit plays an essential role in cancer treatment. Our survivorship program offers a wide variety of evidence based programs. The programs are led by medical staff and certified instructors, and they include indoor cycling, yoga, small group personal training, individual coaching, water-therapy, walking, and meditation.

All cancer programs and classes are free to YMCA members. Cancer patients and survivors may receive  a 12-week YMCA scholarship after a Doctor referral.  For more information, call 515-512-9225 or email renee.allard@my-chp.com. Medical referrals can be faxed to 515-512-9186.

Total Training Fitness: Small Group Personal Training for Survivors

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 PM at MercyOne Health and Fitness

Thursdays 5:15 – 6:15 PM at the Wellmark YMCA

Fridays 11:45 am – 12:45 PM at the Wellmark YMCA

Cardio + Weight Resistance + Balance + Yoga + Goal Setting + Individualized Training

Space is limited so contact renee.allard@my-chp.com  to sign up today! Registration required.

Mindful Meditation

Mondays 4:45 – 5:20 PM at the Wellmark YMCA open for all members

Cultivate: Emotional + Physical + Spiritual Health + Patience

Reduce: Stress + Anxiety + Pain

Indoor Cycling led by Dr. Dick Deming

Wednesdays 6:50 – 7:45 PM at the MercyOne Health and Fitness Center in Clive, open to survivors and caregivers.

Improve: Heart + Strength + Endurance

Share: Fun + Smoothies

Come at 5:30 PM to attend the weekly cancer education series, open to all.

Healing Yoga

Tuesdays 1:00 pm at the South Suburban YMCA, for survivors and caregivers

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at the Wellmark YMCA, for survivors and caregivers

Wednesdays 1:10-2:10 pm at the Walnut Creek YMCA, for survivors and caregivers

Boost: Immunity + Confidence + Hope + Recovery

Manage: Treatment Side Effects

Moving Meditation

Wednesdays 10:00-10:55 am at the Wellmark YMCA, for survivors and caregivers

Improve: Mental Health + ROM + Breathing

Decrease: Pain + Stress + Anxiety

Ai Chi

Fridays 11:30-12:15pm at the South Suburban YMCA, for survivors

Enhance: Mobility + Balance + Confidence

Reduce: Pain + Fatigue

Aquatics to Restore Health

Mondays and Fridays 11:30-12:15 in the pool at the South Suburban  YMCA, for survivors

Mondays and Fridays 1:00-2:00 in the pool at the Waukee YMCA, for survivors

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 pm in the pool at the Indianola YMCA, for survivors

Build: Strength + Balance + Flexibility

Recover: Stamina + Energy

Survivor Recovery and Beyond

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:00 am at the Wellmark YMCA, for survivors

Wednesdays 8:20-9:20 am at the Waukee YMCA, for survivors

Build: Strength + Balance + Energy

Manage: Treatment Side Effects

Walk With Ease

Self directed with guidebook and/or group support with a health coach, for survivors. To get started anytime call 515-575-9220.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:15 am at Indianola YMCA

Mondays and Fridays 10:00-11:00 am at the South Suburban YMCA

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am at the Walnut Creek YMCA

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45-9:45 am at the Waukee YMCA

Tuesdays and Fridays 8:15-9:15 am at the Wellmark YMCA

Increase: Strength + Balance + Walking Pace

Decrease: Pain + Stiffness + Fatigue

Health Navigation

Medically-referred members will have access to confidential and personalized support from a Health Navigator throughout their time as a member of the YMCA. Health navigation services include:

+ an orientation for all medically-referred patients transitioning into the YMCA to connect them with “best fit” programs.

+ help understanding  health information, address mobility concerns, medication management, self-care and self-management of medical conditions, and connecting to resources for emotional support, durable medical supplies, transportation to and from the YMCA.

+ Weekly opportunities for members to receive 1-on-1 chronic disease management education, free health screenings and free consultations from the Health Navigator, physical therapists, dietitian, nutrition education, and health coaches.

For more information call 515-512-9225


Individualized Wellness Coaching

Meet with a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer to set fitness and nutrition goals. A fitness plan will be designed to meet individuals’ needs.

To schedule an appointment, contact Mary Van Heukelom at mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org or call (515) 669-9879


Ready for more? View our complete list of upcoming events.