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Thrive Therapy Fitness & Wellness Program

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Thrive Therapy patient

Thrive Fitness and Wellness is an eight-week program to improve a patient’s functional strength and exercise ability during and following the course of their cancer treatments.

A Physical Therapist will perform an initial assessment. The evaluation is used to determine any limitations in daily activities, balance or walking stability issues, and measure the patient’s exercise ability. Reassessments are done as needed based on the patient’s individual needs. An individualized program is developed and delivered by specially trained personnel who will work with the patient during their exercise program.

Thrive Fitness and Wellness patient goals include:

  • Ensure patient is independent and safe with all mobility needs
  • Teach proper exercise techniques
  • Improve stamina
  • Develop a custom exercise program that the patient can continue with upon completion of their treatment.

Following the completion of the program, further recommendations may be made for individual patient needs and/or transition to the LIVESTRONG™ program offered through the YMCA or a home exercise program.

Who should participate in the Thrive Fitness and Wellness program?

The Thrive Therapy program is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis from pre-to post-treatment.  Physician referral is required. 

Plus all Thrive Fitness and Wellness participants and their family receive a free 10-week membership with the YMCA.

There are four YMCA locations that participants can use:

  • 7th Ave SE, YMCA
  • Marion, YMCA
  • Stoney Point, YMCA
  • YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza

Thrive Fitness and Wellness patients and their family members can attend any group exercise class free of charge. Please check with your local YMCA for class times and location.

To learn more about the Thrive Fitness and Wellness program, call (319) 365-HOPE (4673). You can also contact Nichole Plagge, PT, program coordinator at (319) 398-6915 or

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