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Nutrition, exercise and overall wellness are crucial to good health both during and after cancer treatment. Your gifts to Columbia St. Mary's Foundation support well-rounded exercise and wellness programs designed specifically for patients undergoing or recovering from treatment. 

To learn more or register for a specific event, please contact: Laura Stratte, Survivorship Navigator, at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org

Click here for information on Support Groups. 

Were you newly diagnosed with cancer? Click here to learn more about our Live Well Through Treatment class.  


Eat Well 

For cancer survivors, nutrition plays a crucial role in good health both during and after treatment. We want you to eat well so you can feel great and live well.

Join us for one of our FREE "Eat Well" series in 2018, presented by CSM Oncology Dietitian, Sarah Arnold, RD, CD.

  • 2018 Five-Week Eat Well Series: healthy food principles, healthy meal planning, navigating the grocery store, cooking demo - fruits and veggies, cooking demo - grains and legumes. Two Sessions - Starting April 3 & October 1.

  • 2018 Single Classes: Cancer-Fighting Superfoods - February 7, Summer Salads - June 6, Holiday Meal Makeover - November 7. 

Click here for the full schedule. 

Classes are held at the CSM Milwaukee Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center. Classes are free and open to Cancer Center patients. Space is limited and registration is required.


 

Exercise 101 

Learn how to exercise safely and effectively so you can feel great and live well!

During this 5-week series, you will learn exercise fundamentals and basic movements to help you with endurance, strength, balance and flexibility by using resistance bands, body weight, and free weights. If you are new to exercise or need a kick-start back into exercising regularly, then Exercise 101 is for you! 

Join us on Mondays Mondays from 11 am - Noon*. Sign up for five consecutive weeks.                                       

Click here for additional details. 

*Classes may vary at times due to instructor/room availability. Contact Laura Stratte for details at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org

Classes are held at the CSM Milwaukee Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center. Classes are free and open to Cancer Center patients who are in treatment AND who have completed treatments. Clearance from your Cancer Center physician is required for participation. Space is limited and registration is required. 


 


YCat Yoga 

Yoga for Cancer Therapy (YCat) is a guided yoga experience designed to honor the needs of each individual student where they are in treatment and recovery. Students will explore movement, breathing, and relaxation meditation practices that can relieve the distressing physical, mental, and emotional side effects of cancer. No yoga experience is required. 

Join us for Tuesday afternoon classes from 12:30 - 1:45 pm! 

  • Winter Session: January 9 - February 13, 2018 

  • Spring Session: April 3 - May 8 

  • Summer Session starting late May - Dates TBD

  • Fall Session starting early October - Dates TBD                                                         

Click here for additional details. 

To register, contact Laura Stratte at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org.

For questions about YCat Yoga and what to expect, please contact Amelia Coffaro at 414-378-3070 or amelia@ameliacoffaro.com

Classes are held at the CSM Milwaukee Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center. Classes are free and open to Cancer Center patients who are in treatment AND who have completed treatments. Clearance from your Cancer Center physician is required for participation. Space is limited and registration is required.


 



Live Well Through Treatment

Live Well Through Treatment is a one-time class for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers designed to give participants tools and resources they can use during treatment to help them feel good and live well.  Participants will meet members of the cancer support team and  discuss:

  • Exercise and physical activity

  • Nutrition

  • Emotional health, stress management, and sleep

  • Insurance and financial/practical support

Live Well Through Treatment is offered every other week at CSM Milwaukee and monthly at CSM Ozaukee. Registration is required:

 


  Support Groups  

Next Steps – Prostate Cancer Support

WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Held in the Radiation Oncology lobby at the CSM Milwaukee
Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center.

All are welcome, no RSVP is required.

Sister Warriors – Breast Cancer Support

WHEN: 4th Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Held in Conference Room 7 at CSM Ozaukee*

If interested, please contact Demetra LaGalbo, RN Navigator at 262-243-8257.

*Location of meeting may change for special events/activities. Although no RSVP is needed, please contact Demetra before coming to make sure you have the most up to date information. 

 

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