4 Ways to Achieve Wellness

Staying healthy and active is an important part of living with cancer. Your body needs to be in tip-top shape, and thankfully, there are plenty of ways to bring fun and excitement into the need for physical and mental wellness. That’s why we offer so many wellness programs and continue putting together new ones in order to provide fun, engaging programs for our participants. Here’s a list of some of our more popular, regular wellness programs!


Yoga is a centuries-old practice rooted in the inherently calming nature of its exercises. We love yoga as a practice for our participants because it impacts both the body and the mind, both of which need to be healthy while living with cancer.

Gentle Stretch Yoga

Gentle stretch practices balance, achieving inner calmness, and flexibility and strength using a gentle approach and pose modification. In gentle yoga classes, we practice breathing techniques, stretching, and meditation. Gentle Yoga classes are taught by Denise Petolino on Monday at noon at our main campus. Classes are also taught off-campus at the YMCA Athenaeum Thursdays at noon by Suzanne Walker.

Breast Cancer Restorative Yoga

Designed to re-build upper body strength and contour after breast cancer surgery, this class also integrates breathing and meditation. Breast cancer restorative yoga are led by Myra Summerlot every second Saturday of each month at 11:30am at our main campus.

Cooking for Wellness

Just as physical strength is important, so is a healthy diet. Led by our experienced nutrition instructor, Jodi Smith, this program focuses on teaching participants about foods that provide good nutrition and lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Participants learn the nutritional value of these foods and are shown how they can prepare them to make easy, delicious meals. Every class ends with a meal tasting and each participant is given the recipe to try on their own at home. Cooking for Wellness occurs one Monday per month, so be sure to check out our calendar to see when the next class will be held!

Creative Expressions

Led by licensed physical therapist, Jan Wilson, Creative Expressions focuses on the healing aspects of therapeutic arts and creativity. A class for experienced artists and non-artists alike, participants interact with multiple mediums of expressions to create art pieces that are reflective of soul-searching, meditation, and others. Creative Expressions meets bi-monthly at our main campus.

Relaxation & Visualization

Shown to boost the immune system, Relaxation & Visualization courses uses well researched techniques that teach participants to relax both body and mind while increasing awareness and recognizing and developing visual images. Relaxation & Visualization is led by Sherry O’Brian, NBCCHT, DCEP, on Thursdays at 5:45 pm at our main campus.