Cancer center kicks off Breast Cancer Boot Camp

By on October 14, 2009

GENEVA—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer, will host a new 10-week program titled “Breast Cancer Boot Camp.”

This program is available through a grant from Bears Care, a charitable foundation of the Chicago Bears. The kickoff meeting will be held at LivingWell on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Call (630) 262-1111 for additional information and to register.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are kicking off this new 10-week program designed to inspire and empower breast cancer survivors and their caregivers to take charge of their health and wellness,” said Jillian Smallwood, program director at LivingWell. “We are very excited about this program, which has been sponsored by the Bears Care Foundation.”

Breast Cancer Boot Camp will offer body fitness techniques such as cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and strength enhancers (yoga and Pilates), and nutrition education with relaxation and stress reduction techniques including meditation, guided imagery, massage and Reiki. Breast cancer support groups and educational lectures will also be included in the program.

Those enrolling in the 10-week program would participate in a needs assessment and distress screening with a licensed mental health professional and take part in a health history evaluation with the center’s wellness coordinator. The results of these assessments will determine each participant’s boot camp curriculum for the 10 weeks.

LivingWell is located at 1803 W. State St., Geneva, and online at LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be contacted at (630) 262-1111. LivingWell is a certified 501c non-profit organization and an affiliate of Delnor Heath System.