Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center

Our expert cancer wellness specialists are here to support your overall quality of life by providing services and holistic care to ALL cancer survivors throughout all phases of treatment. Click here for our February calendar of events and programs.

  • Participants are encouraged to attend group classes for mind, body and health – such as yoga, meditation and swimming – which help manage stress, emotional well-being and the side effects/symptoms of cancer.
  • By forming connections with one another through our discussion and support groups, cancer survivors gain the sense of hope with compassionate like-minded people.
  • Special workshops (on topics such as journaling and nutrition), an annual retreat and more are scheduled throughout the year.

Registration and a telephone intake are required prior to participation. Programs run for 12 weeks, with an assessment done at the conclusion of the program.

“There are no words to fully express my gratitude for the JCC Cancer Wellness program, for you as the director of this program and for all the participants I met in the discussion group. It has helped me grow stronger physically and emotionally. When I entered the program I was so depressed, but slowly my strength and spirit started to return. I am learning acceptance of uncertainty and finding ways to make life meaningful again. For all these blessings, I am filled with gratitude.”

“The Retreat today way perfect, warm and friendly and a pleasure to attend. Thank you for hosting such a fine event. Thanks for all you do at JCC.”

“Thanks for all you do for us. Your programs have given me true boosts.”

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate attending the water exercise class every Tuesday. I feel so much better since I have been attending class. A year ago I would not have believed just what this therapy has done for me. Thank you Randy.”

 

Here at Sid Jacobson JCC, we’ve come to realize that everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Perhaps you have been diagnosed.  If not, chances are that a family member, a friend, a teacher, a colleague or a neighbor has had to beat – or is in the process of – beating the battle. With hope and help from professionals, such as the specialists at the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center, those touched by cancer should know that they are not alone.

If you have been affected by cancer in any way, this is the place for you. We invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, challenges, dreams, hopes. Or, let someone you care about know that you are thinking about them and will remain in their corner every step of the way.

Regardless of whether you are a program participant or not, we invite you to share your story with us (anonymously if you wish).

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Exercise
Programs

ALL EXERCISE PROGRAMS RUN FOR 12 WEEKS, WITH AN ASSESSMENT DONE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRAM. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EXERCISE CLASSES.  

February Program + Event Schedule

CLASSES ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.

Physician’s clearance is required to participate in exercise programs.


FOR ALL CANCER SURVIVORS

SWIM PROGRAM FOR STRENGTH + WELLNESS
Engage in low impact movements, stretching and breathing exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body in our heated pool.
Next class begins Tuesday, February 6
11:45am-12:30pm
Register

GENERAL EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 101
Increase your strength and flexibility while working with out cancer exercise specialist.
Next class begins Friday, February 2
12:45-1:30pm
Register 

GENERAL EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 201
For clients who have completed General Exercise STS 101 and have received the approval of the social worker and cancer exercise specialist to move to a transitional exercise class.  STS 201 will reinforce your increased strength & stamina, and will assist you in preparing you to enter regular programming at SJJCC.
Next class begins Friday, February 2
12:45-1:30pm
$120 / members free
Register

GENTLE YOGA
Participate in a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing and meditation to reduce fatigue, anxiety and restore a feeling of wellness.
Next class begins Sundays, January 28
9:30am-10:30am
Register


NEW EXERCISE FOR CANCER SURVIVORS IN THEIR 20s, 30s & 40s
Work with a cancer exercise specialist to increase strength and aerobic capacity while reducing fatigue and stress. Caregivers welcome.
Begins Tuesday, January 16
7:30-8:30pm
Register

EAT. CHAT. MOVE!
Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle in this free 4 week program for men and women. Participate in exercise with a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and discuss positive nutrition habits with Registered Oncology Dietitians. Physician’s clearance required.
Begins Wednesday, February 28
12-1:30pm
Register


FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS

Programs funded in part by Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Beth C. Tortolani Foundation and the New York State Department of Health

BREAST CANCER EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 101
Exercise designed to the specific needs of women with breast and other gynecologic cancers.
Next class begins Monday, February 26
1-1:45pm
Register

BREAST CANCER EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 201
For clients who have completed Breast Cancer STS 101 and have received the approval of the social worker and cancer exercise specialist to move to a transitional exercise class.  We’ll help you reinforce your increased strength & stamina, as you segue into regular programming at SJJCC.
Next class begins Monday, February 26
11:30am-12:15pm
$120 / members free
Register

BREAST CANCER SWIM
Engage in low impact movements, stretching and breathing exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body in our heated pool.
Next class begins Tuesday, February 6
11:45am-12:30pm
Register

BREAST CANCER GENTLE YOGA
Participate in a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing and meditation to reduce fatigue, anxiety and to restore a feeling of wellness.
Next class begins Sunday, January 28
9:30-10:30am
Register 

Discussion
Groups

Click HERE for the February 2018 Program & Event Calendar.

NEW ADVANCED, RECURRING + METASTATIC DISCUSSION GROUP 
This group is for those with recurrent, advanced or metastatic cancer coming together to offer support, resources and encouragement, while sharing experiences and building relationships. Caregivers welcome.
Meets the second and fourth Friday of every month.
Begins Friday, February 9
12-12:45pm

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR MALE CANCER SURVIVORS
This group is designed for all male cancer survivors of any age, to form connections with others in similar circumstances. Peer lead by Scott Gassman, cancer survivor and change management practitioner.
Meets the first Monday of each month
April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2
12:15-1:30pm
Register

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
Meet with other survivors to discuss topics related to treatment, wellness, survivorship, relationships and body image. Funded in part by Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer and Beth C. Tortolani Foundation.
Mondays, 12:15-1:00pm
Ongoing

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ALL
Meet with others to discuss assorted topics related to your experience. Caregivers welcome.
Fridays, 1:30-2:15pm
Ongoing

Family
Support

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK — FAMILY CANCER SUPPORT
Designed to help children experience a semblance of normalcy when a parent or sibling undergoes cancer treatment. Funded in part by Go With Courage and Sid Jacobson JCC’s New Leadership Group. Open to families in the Town of North Hempstead.

SPEAK WITH A PROFESSIONAL
An oncology social worker is available for counseling information and referral services.

For more information, contact Randy Hight, LCSW, OSW-C, 516-484-1545 etc. 213, rhight@sjjcc.org

Calendar +
Events

PROGRAM & EVENTS CALENDAR
February 2018

EAT. CHAT. MOVE!
Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle in this free 4 week program for men and women. Participate in exercise with a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and discuss positive nutrition habits with Registered Oncology Dietitians. Physician’s clearance required.
Begins Wednesday, February 28
12-1:30pm
Register

THE DOCTOR IS IN!: PLASTIC SURGEON OPEN FORUM
Dr. Noël Natoli of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group will be answering all of your questions about breast reconstruction including side effects, implant maintenance, microsurgical techniques, what to expect during recovery, and so much more.

A rising leader in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Natoli Dr. Natoli is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. She received her undergraduate degree at The College of William & Mary and obtained her Doctorate of Medicine from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She went on to complete a combined residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where she served as a Chief Resident in her final year of training. She then went on to the University of Pennsylvania for a Microsurgical Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Monday, March 26
12:15-1pm
Register

SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT-FOR-ME DIET? CHOOSING A PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU!
We are continually bombarded with a new way of eating, whether from a friend, a friend of a friend, an article or a celebrity endorsement! With so many diet plans available, how do you select the one that is right for you? Registered dietitian Abby Cannon, will help clarify the benefits of today’s most popular eating plans including the Standard American diet, ketogenic diet, Paleo diet, and whole food, plant-based diet, breaking down the scientific pros and cons of each.

Abby K. Cannon, JD, RD is the Vice President of Corporate Health at Euphebe. She is an attorney turned dietitian with a passion for helping people improve their health and well-being through proper nutrition.
Tuesday, April 17
7-8pm
Register

POWER OF WORDS
Join teacher and writer Leslie Popkin and put pen to paper as you awaken the writer within you. Record your thoughts, philosophy on life and more.
Ongoing
Mondays, 2pm

KNITZVAH – KNITTING FOR A CAUSE

Knit or crochet 8×8 inch squares to be made into lap blankets for the infusion center of The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital. All ages and levels welcome, instruction provided. Please bring your own materials.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Wednesdays, 12-2pm

Community
Partners

 


NEW DISCUSSION GROUPS

METASTATIC, ADVANCED OR RECURRENT CANCER GROUP
Meets the second and fourth Friday of every month
Begins Friday, February 9
12-12:45pm

MALE CANCER SURVIVORS
Meets the first Monday of every month
April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2
12:15-1pm

For full descriptions, click on the ‘Discussion Groups’ icon above.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS & EVENTS

EAT. CHAT. MOVE!
Begins Wednesday, February 28
12-1:30pm
Register

THE DOCTOR IS IN!: PLASTIC SURGEON OPEN FORUM
Monday, March 26
12:15-1pm
Register

SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT-FOR-ME DIET? CHOOSING A PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU!
Tuesday, April 17
7-8pm
Register

For full descriptions, click on the ‘Calendar + Events’ icon above.

Looking for more information?

Randy Hight, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Cancer Wellness Center, 516.484.1545 ext. 213, rhight@sjjcc.org

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