Breast Cancer Support Services will host its free half-day seminar exclusively for breast cancer survivors on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All survivors in the greater Chattanooga area are invited to the UTC University Center to have fun meeting new friends and learning ways to stay healthy. This much-anticipated annual event is presented by Breast Cancer Support Services (formerly Y-ME Chattanooga) and sponsored by the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center. Moving On after Breast Cancer: Mind, Body & Soul will highlight ways to achieve optimum health and peace during and after treatment. New guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society emphasize the importance of healthy eating and exercising.
Survivors will start the day with a presentation, All you need is Love: The benefits of peer support for breast cancer survivors given by licensed clinical social worker, Susan Ewing. A local nutritionist will share ideas and advice about how to find foods that assist in maintaining energy and fighting fatigue. Fitness options will also be offered. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for a relaxing format that will feature Yoga, Zumba™ and Tai Ji. New this year: practice breathing, relaxation and compassion for yourself by joining an Introduction to Mindfulness.
According to cancer.org, more and more evidence suggests that being overweight or obese raises the risk for recurrence and reduces the odds of survival for many cancers. Research also strongly suggests that most exercise is safe during cancer treatment and can improve physical functioning and many aspects of quality of life. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve fatigue (extreme tiredness), anxiety, and help with self-esteem.
If you are a breast cancer survivor and would like to register for the free seminar that includes a light, nutritious lunch, simply email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 629-2445.