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.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Updates for details.


Tai Chi

WHEN: Every Monday until further notice, 10:30 – 11:30 am (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

NOTE: Space is limited. Please call for more information.

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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 beginner 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. Alan has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.

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Meditation

WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Telephone conference call

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time the day before: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time out of our day to nurture ourselves and find calm and peace. Support Connection invites you to join Alan Bandes, our beloved Tai Chi teacher, as he offers a weekly meditation class via toll free teleconference. Alan will share the basics of meditation and will lead us in a soothing, relaxing 15 minute guided meditation.

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Gentle Flow Yoga

WHEN: Six Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8. 10 – 11 am (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time the day before: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Gentle Flow is a combination of Gentle Yoga and Somatic Movements, designed to improve joint function, body usage, awareness and ease. The class can be modified to suit any level. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Karla Booth is a certified Senior Teacher of the Alexander Technique (30 yrs.) and Certified Yoga Instructor (20 yrs.) She specializes in teaching Gentle Flow and Restorative Yoga. Her classes offer an opportunity to let the body unwind and the nervous system calm down, supporting a deep sense of calm and ease both during class and in daily life. Karla brings her experience in dancing, choreography and teaching as well as love for movement to every class. She has been teaching in Westchester for many years including the last 14 years at Quest Yoga Arts.


Rosen Movement: A Gentle Wellness Class

WHEN: Every Friday until further notice, 10:30 – 11:45 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on the day before the session.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Are you are looking for a new way to reduce stress, relax, and connect with your body, in the comfort of your home? Then consider trying Rosen Movement. Developed by physical therapist Marion Rosen, a health and wellness pioneer, Rosen Movement encourages relaxation through range of motion and stretching exercises set to music. The sequence of movements encourages flexibility through joint lubrication, chest and rib expansion, muscle lengthening and ease of body, mind and spirit. The movements are easy and simple.

No experience necessary. All you need are comfortable clothing and a private space to move freely. Attend one or all of the sessions.

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Ross is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Rosen Method Bodyworker. She is also certified in Core Energetic Therapy and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Betty is also a breast cancer survivor.

Comments from some past participants: “This program helped me relax & exercise at the same time.” ~ “I felt like my various joints were put through a full range of motion and I didn’t feel quite as stiff. It was nice to connect with others, even if just virtually.” ~ “Betty was wonderful and her choice of music had a smile on my face throughout the class. I left each class happy and feeling great.”

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Advances in Breast Cancer + Cooking for Wellness: A Two-Part Webinar

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9, 1 – 2:15 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Webinar

Open to: People who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer; People with a family member or loved one living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Tues., June 8.

*This program is being presented in partnership with NewYork – Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.

The first part of this webinar will be a presentation by Dr. Stacy Ugras on “Advances in Breast Cancer.” Dr. Ugras, a breast surgical oncologist, will discuss the latest news and research pertaining to breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, as well as risk-assessment for high risk individuals and families.

After Dr. Ugras’s presentation, Chef Emilie Berner will focus on cooking techniques and nutritional strategies that can help manage fatigue often experienced by both patients and caregivers. During a live cooking demonstration, Chef Berner will talk about foods that provide energy; the role of protein and fluids for managing fatigue; and how meal planning can be a useful tool.

Presenters:

Stacy K. Ugras MD, FACS: Dr. Ugras is a breast surgical oncologist with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center. She is dedicated to the treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases, performing all aspects of breast surgery and working to deliver the highest-quality breast care.

Dr. Ugras graduated Weill Cornell Medical College, then completed her residency in general surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. During residency, she completed a research fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She completed her clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Ugras is active in research and has been published in various medical journals. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as a member of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Emilie Berner, MA: Ms Berner received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Barnard College in New York City. Her passion for food led her to train at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health Supportive & Culinary Arts. She later earned a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University.

In 2016 Berner joined the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, which is part of the Harvest for Health initiative at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. The larger program includes an organic garden, a farmer’s market and food service for patients and employees. The program’s goal is to teach people how to better manage their health through diet and lifestyle changes.

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For Men Only, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion For Men With A Spouse Or Partner Going Through Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 7-8pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to men nationwide who have a spouse or partner living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., June 21.

It may be your spouse or partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but it also affects you, as well as your family. You want to help and be supportive, but it’s not always easy to know how. Speaking with others who are in the same situation is an excellent way to learn, get ideas, and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have a spouse or partner dealing with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • What it’s like to see your spouse or partner go through cancer, and how it affects you.
  • How cancer can impact you and your spouse or partner, your relationship and your family.
  • Coping strategies for you, your spouse or partner, and your family.
  • Giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs at the same time as you support your loved one.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes. Alan has personally experienced coping with his own wife’s breast cancer journey, and serves as volunteer facilitator for our men’s open discussion programs.

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Common Questions About Bone Health and Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 1 – 2 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Webinar

Open to people who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., April 19.

After being diagnosed with and treated for breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, most of us wonder about possible long-term changes to our bodies. The impact of cancer treatment on bone health is one of the issues often discussed.

This educational webinar will address some of the common questions pertaining to bone health for those diagnosed with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, such as:

  • What are bones made of?
  • What are the effects of cancer treatments on bone health?
  • How common is osteoporosis among survivors of breast, ovarian and gynecological cancer?
  • What are some of the risk factors for osteoporosis?
  • How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
  • Are there steps I can take (such as exercise, nutrition, supplements) to enhance my bone health?

Speaker: Payal Sahni, MPT, DPT. Senior Physical Therapist at Helen Hayes Hospital; Program Coordinator for the NYS Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program. Dr. Sahni holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy, and is an Ambassador for Bone Health Education for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

With 20 years of experience as a PT, Dr. Sahni has spent the past 12 years at Helen Hayes Hospital, which serves as the Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center for the NYS Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program. At Helen Hayes, Dr. Sahni developed a program called “Strong Bones, Stronger Me.” She has also engaged in research pertaining to PT for osteoporosis, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and educational programs on bone health.

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It’s Okay to Grieve, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion for Men Living With Loss

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 7 – 8 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to men nationwide who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., April 19.

It is never possible to prepare yourself for the loss of a spouse or partner. Learning how to cope with the grief and the impact on your life is hard to do alone. Speaking with others who’ve also been through it is an excellent way to learn and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have experienced loss, regardless of how much time has gone by. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • There is no one way to grieve: no right way, and no wrong way.
  • Understanding the challenges and uncertainties that accompany loss.
  • Dealing with unexpected “trigger points” and reminders.
  • Coping with loneliness.
  • Giving yourself permission to move forward.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes. Alan has personally experienced the loss of his beloved wife to breast cancer, and serves as volunteer facilitator for our men’s open discussion programs.

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