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Support Activities

Cancer Support Programs offers ongoing support activities that speak to the interests of many. People get to know one another in the context of skill-building and body/mind activities.

  • Registration is not required, but it's best to call ahead to inform the staff and to obtain any additional information.
  • Family members and friends are welcome.
  • Free parking is provided for most groups.

Body and Mind

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2nd and last Monday of the month, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
ZOOM video/teleconference

Thoughts and feelings greatly affect a person's mood, stress level, and peace of mind. Research shows more and more how they also affect how the body functions.

Participants learn and practice a series of short meditations designed to help them observe their thoughts and feelings. By observing, they become less controlled by these thoughts and feelings. They see things more clearly and gain power and choice. This also opens the door to greater self-discovery and awareness. Parking validation is provided.

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ZOOM video conference

Weekly classes offering an hour of restful and moving meditations. Participants practice qigong (tai chi) while standing, yoga sitting in a chair, and meditation in stillness and in motion. These are gentle practices for the mind, body, and spirit.

On hold

Yoga is a safe and gentle exercise involving stretching and holding positions. It may lessen pain and fatigue, reduce back and joint aches, and help with insomnia and anxiety. Classes are tailored to the needs of the participants.

On hold

This weekly class presents a series of low-impact exercises, some set to music, designed to help participants:

  • activate and loosen the joints
  • isolate, stretch, and strengthen muscles
  • free up and fine-tune movements
  • improve coordination
  • tune into and release body tension
  • focus on balance and weight shift
  • feel and unify energy throughout the body

There can be a fine line between what is exercise, Tai Chi, dance, and meditation. This class crosses all the lines. The activities and movements are healthful, satisfying, and relaxing. The overall goal is awareness of internal energy and greater awareness, comfort, and facility with the body. Parking validation is provided.

On hold

Healthy Steps is a routine of guided exercises that are fun and therapeutic. They aim to improve lymphatic drainage, range of motion, flexibility, and balance. They are particularly beneficial to women who have had breast surgery with removal of lymph nodes. Parking validation is provided.

On hold

Zumba is fun dance exercise inspired by Latin and international rhythms. The classes are for all levels of fitness and ability. Have a great time and get a good physical workout. Parking validation is provided.

Handiwork

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On hold

Each month, participants learn how to make a fun, simple craft that they can take home. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Come share a laugh and get creative! Parking validation is provided.

3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (beginning in August)
ZOOM video conference

Come spend some time knitting and socializing with other patients/survivors. Materials, a variety of patterns, and basic instruction are provided. All levels of experience are welcome. Parking validation is provided.

Nutrition

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Next class for cancer and sickle cell patients: Wednesday, September 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
ZOOM video conference

Classes for all: "Farm to Table," most Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ZOOM video conference
Visit the Teaching Kitchen's class schedule and click on the day's class in the calendar. Follow the instructions to view the day's recipe, ingredients, and to sign up.

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