Education and Wellness
We offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.
We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast and ovarian cancer.
Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar.
Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness
WHEN: Saturdays; Noon-1:30 pm (check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY
Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.
INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for 20 years, and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for at least 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing.
Doris, a regular participant, says “Mia’s knowledgeable, gentle approach brings a sense of peace and awareness that stays with me long after class is over.”
*This program is funded in part by a grant from the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
WHEN: Every Wednesday, beginning on 1/15/20 (*check our calendar for exceptions), 10:30 – 11:30 am
WHERE: Albert A. Capellini Community & Cultural Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
The basic principle of Tai Chi (TIE-chee) is to cultivate what the Chinese allude to as the 3 treasures: mind, body, spirit. The practice includes a series of exercises called Silk Reeling (slow, repetitive, meditative movements) followed by form practice. Benefits include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a sense of well-being.
In this class, a basic beginners form will be taught. Learn to focus the mind while working on the principles of posture and motion. The goal is to help each student understand the mind-body relationship so they can continue to grow with the forms they have learned long after class ends.
INSTRUCTOR: Alan Bandes has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years and has taught for 8 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.
Webinar: Nutrition For People With Breast, Ovarian or Gynecological Cancer
WHEN: Monday, February 24, 8 – 9 pm (NY time)
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference
Join us for this educational program that will cover the following topics pertaining to nutrition and cancer care:
- Eating well through cancer treatment
- Strategies for managing side-effects
- Nutrition for post treatment
- How to navigate current nutrition trends in cancer care.
There will be a question and answer period following the presentation. The program will be moderated by a Support Connection Peer Counselor.
SPEAKER: Vicki Barber, RDN, CSO, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is board certified in oncology nutrition. Her career as a registered dietitian began in 1998 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, where she worked as an inpatient dietitian on the oncology and surgical floors. Expanding coverage to the outpatient area allowed Vicki to begin working with outpatients in radiation oncology and then medical oncology. Today, she practices full time within the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital with patients receiving chemotherapy, radiation and surgical intervention, as well as wellness and palliative care.
Ms. Barber’s accomplishments include publication and presentation of a study for the American Institute of Cancer Research as well presenting a national webinar geared toward dietitians seeking CEUs for oncology based practice. She also works per diem at Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut and serves on a variety of committees within the Praxair Cancer Center.
10 Years Or More Post-Diagnosis: An Open Discussion
WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY
Have short-term side effects become long-term? Are you confused or do you just have questions about changes in treatment recommendations and follow-up protocol since you were diagnosed? Do you find yourself asking what doctors you should still be seeing and why? Do you wonder who is actually watching the ship?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE in any of this. Many of you call with questions regarding long-term survivorship follow up. This open discussion provides a venue to connect and talk openly with other women who have the same questions as you. It is not an educational forum but rather a discussion group, led by a Peer Counselor, where concerns and information can be exchanged.