Newport News, Va. — Recovering cancer patients can benefit from improved fitness and a healthy sense of mindfulness. That’s why Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center - Peninsula in Newport News is delighted to present its newest program, “Cancer Wellness."

Approved and developed alongside Riverside Health System’s physicians and therapists, the Cancer Wellness program features core and strength training, cardiovascular workouts, yoga, and mindfulness practices in a small group format that allows participants to receive individualized attention.

“This is a program designed for both survivors as well as for those currently undergoing treatment,” said Beth Gross, Riverside’s Director of Clinical Wellness Development. “It’s meant to act also as a support group setting for individuals so they can talk about what they’re going through or what they had been going through.”

Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center – Peninsula, located in Newport News, will offer the 12-week program starting Oct. 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $90.

Gross designed the program to increase strength and endurance, improve mood and enhance a patient’s overall quality of life.

“The biggest benefit is from the mental aspect,” she said. “It helps people feel more positive about themselves. It reduces stress. The program really helps to improve mental wellbeing and decrease depression.”

Modifications will be offered for all exercises to ensure everyone in class is comfortable with the level of intensity.

Because cardiovascular endurance can decrease during cancer treatment, Gross said, “the aim of the class is to increase your cardiovascular function as well as increase strength and endurance, so you don’t get tired after performing the activities of daily living.”

The program meets the best practices according to the American Cancer Society and The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Gross, who will be the instructor for all classes, completed ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer certification.

Class size is limited, and sterilization and cleaning precautions will ensure the safety of participants. Masks are required in all common areas, but participants can remove their masks while exercising. Participants, who will undergo a screening that includes a temperature check before every class, must be mobile to walk to Studio 2 on the second floor of the wellness facility.

Medical clearance to exercise from a physician is also required for all participants.

Sign up for the program by calling 757-875-7525 or by stopping by the front desk at the wellness facility located at 12650 Jefferson Ave., in Newport News.

Published: September 15, 2020