Move Wellness to Partner with Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor for Free Cancer Survivorship Classes

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A free 6-week program for cancer survivors in the community will be offered by MOVE Wellness and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

MOVE Wellness is partnering with the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor to offer a free 6-week program for cancer survivors in the community. Program participants will receive a combination of exercise training, fitness planning and tracking, emotional support, nutrition, and education. It will be offered free of charge for people who have completed their primary treatment for cancer and are making the transition to their "new normal." The program, called Moving Beyond Breast Cancer, will focus on healing and consider the unique needs of individuals who are returning to life after cancer. The classes will run from 9-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 20, 17 and Feb. 3 and 10.

The series is co-facilitated by MOVE's experienced fitness trainers and a clinical social worker. MOVE will offer individual fitness assessments and planning, group exercise classes, and education around these topics. Program social workers will facilitate supportive discussion and address the emotional health of participants.

"The period of time following cancer treatment can be extremely stressful for cancer survivors; Often, medical providers and [other means of] support has dissipated,” said Bonnie Dockham, Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community. “Moving Beyond Breast Cancer was designed knowing that people need support in recovering from both the emotional and physical trauma of cancer and its treatment. Partnering with MOVE, experts in physical healing, made perfect sense for the program. Combining the skill set of MOVE with CSC's knowledge of [cancer] survivorship needs will make an outstanding program offering.”

Co-owner of MOVE Wellness, Elaine Economou, said, “The CSC and MOVE both value an encouraging and caring community, empowering people to live their best life. Their commitment to participants reminded me of how much we care about our own clients. Both my business partner Robin and I have been impacted by cancer and we know the value of the services they provide to families. Partnering with the CSC seemed like a very easy choice when I found out they could use the type of training MOVE offers with Pilates, postural support, and safe, effective fitness training.”

Moving Beyond Breast Cancer is offered once a year at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. This special program is sponsored by Susan G. Komen Michigan. To register, please contact Rosie Morrison, Program Director at rosie(at)cancersupportannarbor(dot)org or 734-975-2500.

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About MOVE Fitness and Wellness

MOVE Wellness opened in March 2014. It is Ann Arbor’s full-service Mind-Body studio featuring Pilates, GYROTONIC, Wellness Coaching, Yoga, Barre, HIIT, TRX, Massage and more. Its mission is “to help people live a joyful life in a fit and healthy body.” For more information, please visit http://www.movewellness.com

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