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The “More than just Fitness” Program

A recent review article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (July 2017) summarized that ‘Physical activity… has the most powerful effect of any lifestyle factor on breast cancer outcomes. At least 120 minutes per week of physical activity is recommended, but less than 13% of patients with breast cancer attain this.’

We at Breast Cancer Action are aware of the importance of physical activity, not only in reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, but also in improving one’s confidence, self-esteem, mood, and a sense of inner strength. It also allows us to enjoy work and leisure activities with more energy, and handle some of the tests and treatments we must have with resilience. We aim to assist our members in acquiring or maintaining an active lifestyle, which can only benefit them and their families.

Our program offers a variety of activities to suit different levels of fitness and interests. We offer yoga, stretch and strength (which aims to be about half aerobics and half stretching and resistance training, belly dancing, Tai Chi, and now pole walking as an intermittent offering. The emphasis is on getting fit, doing activities safely especially in view of the surgeries we have undergone for our breast cancers, and having FUN. Down the line, we are hoping to include occasional ‘extra’s’ like nutrition workshops, information sessions on the prevention and management of lymphedema, the do’s and don’ts of a personal home based exercise program, and perhaps even updates on breast cancer itself. We are collaborating with other organization In Ottawa in order to provide better information and access to programs that may be of interest to our members. One example is the free nutrition workshops offered by OICC (Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). Another specialized fitness program under our umbrella is the Dragon Boat Team who train all year and attend many events through the summer, linking with other teams across our city, provinces and country. The camaraderie enjoyed by our Dragon Boat women is powerful.

Some women join our fitness classes for a short time during or shortly after their acute cancer treatment, and then move on. Other stay on for years and benefit from the social and emotional support that often accompanies the exercise. Many do a combination of both, wanting to remain ‘connected’ with friends and informal peer supporters. Often our members will say that taking the BCA classes gives them the training they need to do other exercise safely and more confidently given their post-surgery or radiation concerns. Some of us are in our 20’s; some in our 70’s or 80’s. Some of us have had an exercise routine all our lives; others are becoming active for the first time ever. We each progress at our own pace and according to what’s safe and enjoyable.

Every attempt is made to offer classes in different parts of Ottawa and at different times of the day. Our vision is that we will be able to provide more variety in future.

Class Schedule

Beginning September 9th 2019, Ending December 22nd, 2019. *Some exceptions may apply.
Day Time Class Name Venue Instructor Start/End Date
Mondays 9am-10am Barre Fitness for Older Adults Churchill Senior Recreation Centre Anita Findlay September 9- Dec 22
Mondays 10:30-11:30am Nia Fusion Dance and Sensory Based
Movement Practice
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Shar Chowdhury September 9- Dec 22
Mondays 5:00-6:00 pm Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Kim Boudreau September 9- Dec 22
Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30am Mindfullness Meditation Nepean Creative Arts Centre Scheherzade van Aarle September 9- Dec 22
Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00pm Cardio Strength Nepean Creative Arts Centre Nadine Fishman September 17- Dec 22
Tuesdays 11:30 - 12:30pm Yoga level 1 Beyond Yoga Diane Lanthier September 3- Dec 22
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm Stretch and Strength Hintonburg Community Centre Jenny Lewis September 3- Dec 22
Tuesday
September 17

Tuesday
October 29

Tuesday
November 26

Tuesday
December 17
12:00 - 1:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE:
November class starts at 1:00 pm
Franklin Method Balance and Coordination Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Rowena Hall September 25- Dec 17
Tuesdays 2:00-3:00ppm Nordik Pole Walking Haley Rehab Jennifer Freymond September 3- Nov 5
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm Zumba (Replacing Belly Dancing) Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Christine Dubue
Diane Gibson
September 3- Dec 22
Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00am Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Gina Grottoli September 10- Dec 22
Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00pm Art Expression Address provided upon registration Kanata Location Polly Erskine September 3- Dec 22
Wednesdays 2:15 - 3:15pm Stretch and Strength Goulbourn Recreation Centre Patti Dalby September 11- Dec 22
Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00pm Gentle Restorative Yoga Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Closed October 24
Kim Boudreau September 3- Dec 22
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00am Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Closed October 24
Jenny Lewis September 3- Dec 22
Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00pm Teena's Book Club BCA Orleans Office Marie-Louise Doyle October 17 - Dec 22
Fridays 9:30am-10:30am Stretch and Strength level 2 Arcana Martial Arts Mary-Jo Lewis September 3- Dec 22
Fridays 11:30 - 12:30pm Yoga Level 2 Beyond Yoga Diane Lanthier September 3- Dec 22
Fridays 1:00 - 3:00pm Art Expression Address provided upon registration Kanata Location Polly Erskine September 3- Dec 22
Sunday 10:15am-11:15am Stretch and Strength level 2 Arcana Martial Arts Jenny Lewis September 3- Dec 22
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For More Information:

Call 613-736-5921 or e-mail us at ed.bca@bcaott.ca