915 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

Cancer Wellness

Piedmont Athens Regional and the Athens YMCA created a partership in 2012 to promote wellness in our community. Piedmont and the Athens Y acknowledge almost everyone in our community has a connection with cancer. It is scary, but better when cancer patients know what to expect, where to get support, and how to stay healthy. Our tips are below.


The Loran Smith Center

A cancer diagnosis introduces you to new vocabulary, new health plans, new goals and a new body. Knowing what to expect is huge. The Loran Smith Center at Piedmont Athens Regional has a team of health care professionals working together to assist cancer patients improve their quality of life. They offer classes, support groups, counseling, nutrition and more for cancer patients at no cost. Check out their cancer wellness page here, or call (706) 475 - 4900.



Hundreds of studies report that exercise during and after cancer treatment is extremely beneficial. Cardio and strength training enhance your quality of life while helping you maintain muscle and fight fatigue. We offer a wide variety of classes at the Y. Our lowest impact classes are listed below as a starting point for all. 

  • Pilates
  • Low Impact Total Body
  • Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Total Body Pilates
  • Body Sculpting BARRE
  • Line Dancing
  • Yoga - Revive, Relax, Restore
  • Any classes listed on our YMCA Gold Exercise Schedule


If you have questions about resources offered, please contact April Dorsett at