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YWCA Holistic Wellness Program Focuses on Breast Cancer: Fitness, nutrition and educational services for breast cancer patients and survivors,

In April, the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester will launch the Breast Cancer Holistic Wellness Program, which brings together different wellness professions to provide fitness, nutrition and educational services for breast cancer patients and survivors. The initiative, which is free to join on a first-come, first-served basis, is funded by the New York State Department of Health.

“For over 20 years, our Encore program has provided breast cancer education and outreach to support low-income women,” says YMCA CEO Maria L. Imperial. “With this new grant, we will now be able to augment these services with programs aimed at supporting overall wellness for women managing this disease.”

Exercising both lowers the risk of recurrence of breast cancer and reduces side effects from chemo, radiation and other treatments, says Angela Katz, the program’s fitness manager and director. “We’re on a mission to provide yoga, tai chi and meditation as powerful tools to manage the daily challenges, side effects and lifelong vulnerabilities of cancer treatments. Our holistic program will address the unique needs of women with breast cancer, as well as survivors, who are struggling with physical, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and other issues related to the diagnosis.”

For more info, visit To register, call the YWCA at 914.949.6227 Ext. 208.