BCA Wellness Month & Get Fit for Hope Challenge

Looking for a little healthy competition for a great cause? How about tips on getting your best night's sleep, making a healthy meal, or finding balance in uncertain times? BCA has something for everyone!

Join Breast Cancer Alliance's Get Fit for Hope Challenge and Wellness Series Throughout May!

BCA's mission includes eliminating obstacles to essential breast health care for underserved and uninsured women. Due to challenges imposed by the pandemic, your support is more critical than ever.

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Exercise has a demonstrated positive impact on breast cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. BCA's first Get Fit for Hope Challenge, a nationwide event dedicated to fitness, was a huge success. All who participated did something good for themselves, in the safety of their own home while making an important impact on the healthcare of others. After a year in a pandemic, exercising and exploring ways to maintain overall wellness is deserving of our time!

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Whether you choose our fitness classes or workout on your own, you can raise funding for BCA by starting a team and inviting friends and family to support you! We have a wonderful variety of wellness classes to choose from as well.

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Pick a $50 day pass ($25 for students 7 and above,) a $100 thematic pass (All-Access Fitness Classes, Health & Wellness or Rest & Nutrition) or purchase an all-access monthly pass for $250. Register here today and then start your team here!

**For those who purchase a $250 all-access monthly pass and are local to the Greenwich area, you will also receive 15% off of a 3, 4 ot 5-day clean with program with Courtnay Arpano of Courtnay's Kitchen.

100% of proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Alliance grants for 2022

Meet BCA’s Wellness Month Ambassador Katie Wee!

Katie is an Actress, Yogi and BRCA2 previvor. She is from the Bay Area of San Francisco and is a UCLA graduate. She is passionate about helping women feel less alone in their experiences dealing with breast cancer-related issues and hopes to use her experience and voice to help normalize the conversation around breast cancer, genetic mutations and women’s health. Katie will be teaching a class for us at the end of the month! 

Meet BCA’s Teen Wellness Month Ambassador Ashley Aufderheide!

Ashley Aufderheide is an American actor who played "Mia" on ABC's television show Emergence. In 2020, Ashley stars as the lead character “Smash“ in the worldwide online release of the film FOUR KIDS AND IT with Michael Caine and Russell Brand. The young actor’s breakthrough role came when she was cast as a lead in the indie rom-com Infinitely Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. In 2014, Infinitely Polar Bear premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Ashley was a Sundance breakout and earned critical acclaim for her role. Ashley’s role as Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter in Going in Style soon followed. Her television credits include recurring roles in AMC’s Preacher and The Slap on NBC. Ashley began her career as a child model at age 3. She appeared in ads for Ralph Lauren, GAP, Juicy Couture shot by Steven Meisel, Saks, and a host of other top name brands. Ashley enjoys skiing, dance, sailing, and travel.

Overview of Events:

May 1:

Kick-Off Party: FORWARD__Space Dance Break Brunch and Beats Edition!  10:30-11:15am

May 2:

Core Burn Pilates Greenwich: Pilates, 8:30am EST

Greenwich Barre Studio: Barre, 9:30am EST

Stacy Bergman: Yoga, 4:00pm EST

May 7:

Anti-Aging and Post-Treatment Skincare with Dr. Diane Madfes: 9am EST

Get Your Best Night's Sleep with Tara Clancy:  10am EST

Core Burn Pilates & Yoga New Canaan: Pilates, 11am EST** This class will be held in the studio

Managing Menopause with Dr. Donna Hagberg: 12pm EST

Zumba: 1pm EST PLUS a bonus class on May 14 at 1pm EST too!

Wearables: Benefits for Tracking Fitness, Breath and Sleep with Amanda Tighe: 2pm EST

May 8:

Learn about Supplements with David Restrepo, Rph, Integrative Pharmacist, Vitahealth Apothcary: 9am EST

Healthy Cooking with Meredith Geller and Mike Geller, Mike's Organic: 10am EST

Skincare after Treatment with Dr. Michelle Abadir: 11am EST

Healthy or Hype? Debunking Cancer Nutrition Myths: 2pm EST

Healthy Cooking for Busy Weekday Meals with Chandler Boyd:  5pm EST

May 12:

Young Adult Stress and Anxiety Workshop with Karen Dillon: 7pm EST

May 13:

The Pilates Loft: Mat Pilates Class with Meghan Juras, 8:30am EST

Concussions in Adolescents: Symptoms and Treatment with Dr. Chris Rago: 9:30am EST

Webinar: The Importance of Genetic Screening: 12pm EST

Your Daily Lift with Rebecca Nardi, PT, DPT, OCS: 2pm EST

Rest and Restore with Melissa Staxfeld: 8pm-8:30pm EST

May 16:

Guided Accupressure with Sarah Swanberg: 8:30am EST

Karen Dillon: Yoga and Guided Meditation, 9am-10:15am EST

Fitness for Women after Breast Cancer with Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT/Personal Trainer: 10am

Essentially Namaste: The Benefits of Essential Oils, 11am EST

Diana Nicholson: Malibu Beach Pilates, available at your time preference

Plant-Based Cooking with Chef Joyan: 5pm EST

May 23:

Mandy DiMarzo: Burn, 9am EST

LL Country Barre: Barre, 9:30am-10:30am EST

Ali Cerone: Total Body Strength with dumbbells, 10am EST

JB Mallah: A Mindful Hour of Yoga and Meditation with JB Mallah: 11am EST

Healthy Cooking with Courtnay Arpano: 4pm EST

May 29:

Ben Dawson: Boxing, 9am EST

Forme Barre: Barre, 9:30am EST

Katie Wee: Yoga, 12:30pm EST

Detailed Calendar of Events: 

(The times listed on all classes are in the EST time zone so please adjust accordingly)

 

May 1:

Kick-Off Party: FORWARD__Space Dance Break Brunch and Beats Edition!  10:30-11:15am

FORWARD__Space is DANCE, MUSIC, WELLNESS and SWEAT.  2021 Winner of Best in Fitness and now global moving virtually with participants from 98 countries, FORWARD__Space is for ALL. For those who used to dance, love to dance, and want to dance, we deliver dynamic, high energy, easy-to-follow dance-based sweat sessions combining athletic conditioning and nonstop movement. 

 

May 2:

Core Burn Pilates Greenwich: Pilates, 8:30am EST

Greenwich Barre Studio: Barre, 9:30am EST

Stacy Bergman: Yoga, 11:00am EST

Rabbi Stacy Bergman is a dynamic and creative spiritual leader, yoga teacher and lifecycle officiant based in Westchester, New York. She believes in the power of community and connection to inspire and create meaning. Whether teaching, preaching or officiating, Rabbi Stacy specializes in making all touchpoints personal and accessible; she combines tradition, philosophy and innovation to promote transformation.

 

May 7:

Anti-Aging and Post-Treatment Skincare with Dr. Diane Madfes: 9am EST

Dr. Diane C. Madfes is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, utilizing cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art machinery. Among Dr. Madfes’ specialties are facial rejuvenation, the use of fillers (such as fat and fillers), Botulinum injections to smooth facial lines, non-ablative laser Fraxel resurfacing, Thermage, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, and general skin care. She is proficient in the early detection and treatment of skin cancers, as well as having extensive experience in lipotransfer surgeries.

Get Your Best Night's Sleep with Tara Clancy:  10am EST

Tara A. Clancy, M.A., is a certified Buteyko breathing specialist and THE ESSENTIAL SLEEP STRATEGIST™. O2 TARA helps people UNcover and REcover from HIDDEN sleep problems so they can reclaim their energy, focus and calm. She is the creator of the O2 TARA GUIDES health series, an outgrowth of her work with specialized practitioners in the fields of sleep medicine and airway health.

CoreBurn Pilates & Yoga in New Canaan: Pilates, 11am EST, ** This class will be held in the studio

Managing Menopause with Dr. Donna Hagberg: 12pm EST

Dr. Donna Hagberg is a board-certified OB/GYN, in Cos Cob, Connecticut and has been in private practice for over 25 years. Her practice extends to women of all ages from adolescence through menopause.

Wearables: Benefits for Tracking Fitness, Breath and Sleep with Amanda Tighe: 2pm EST

Zoom Zumba: 1pm EST PLUS a bonus class on May 14 at 1pm EST too!

Healthy Cooking with Courtney Arpano: Time TBD

 

May 8:

Learn about Nutrient Support Breast Cancer Prevention, Active Treatment and Recovery with David Restrepo, Rph, Integrative Pharmacist, Vitahealth Apothcary: 9am EST

David Restrepo Rph is well known as an Integrative Pharmacist among physicians who recognize the value of complimenting traditional western medicine with evidence based Holistic approaches . David focuses on supporting clients and patients with multiple issues ranging from chronic diseases to optimizing health for longevity and general wellness . David also advises various companies in the biotech space and beauty and wellness areas.

Healthy Cooking with Meredith Geller and Mike Geller, Mike's Organic: 10am EST

Mike Geller is founder of Mike's Organic, CT's premier farm-to-home delivery service and market. In 2009, Mike quit his job in advertising and went off to live and work in the Kalahari Desert. (Yes really!) It was in Botswana that he discovered something incredible: all the food at the supermarket looked and tasted better than almost anything you could buy at a grocery store in the U.S. It took time away from “civilization” to start questioning not only what he was eating, but how it was grown and where it was coming from. In every sense of the expression, it was a life-altering experience. When he returned home he was 20 pounds lighter, in the best shape of his life, and committed to sharing what he had learned. 

Mike became a student of how food was grown and immersed himself in local, sustainable farming and agriculture, including volunteering at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. These experiences coupled with a lifetime of cooking, gardening, fine dining, hunting and fishing served as the foundation for Mike’s Organic. Fast forward to today and Mike's is a cornerstone in the community, providing the finest, farm fresh food and helping people live and eat well. Mike has been featured by The New York Times, Martha Stewart, the Today show, CNN, NBC, Food Network, The New York Post, Fox Business and more.

Meredith Geller, HHC, AADP, is an expander, a holistic nutrition consultant on a mission to break down the walls that constrict our view of nourishment. Nutrients abound in nature and in Meredith’s luminous world, the first step towards radiant health is to place ourselves amidst those elements. To drink in sunshine, salt, and earth is as vital to our wellbeing as a thoughtful meal. But this comes with no shortage of knowledge on what, when, and how to eat. Meredith’s years of experience advising private clients and private chefs fuels her understanding of both the universality of creating optimal health and our need, at times, to customize. Her truly holistic approach coupled with a focus on gut health, plant foods, optimal digestion, and a common sense method rings true with everyone she works with.

For the past 15 years, Meredith has been privileged to work with her beloved private clients, juice bars, holistic centers and globally designing cleansing programs and tailored bespoke food plans, teaching holistic living practices, and creating recipes for start-up companies.

Skincare after Treatment with Dr. Michelle Abadir: 11am EST

Dr. Abadir will be covering the treatment of post-treatment scars from breast cancer surgery, the treatment of radiation associated skin changes and will also cover the use of sunscreen. She will allow time to answer questions regarding dermatologic conditions, or treatments.

Healthy or Hype? Debunking Cancer Nutrition Myths: 2pm EST

Join Oncology Registered Dietitian Marissa Buchan as she tackles confusing topics in cancer nutrition and separates the facts from the fiction.  She'll cover topics including sugar, organic foods, ketogenic diets, supplements, intermittent fasting, and more.  Marissa is the Chief Operating Officer of Savor Health, a technology company that provides free virtual nutrition and symptom management to cancer patients through Ina, the Intelligent Nutrition Assistant via text message.  

Healthy Cooking for Busy Weekday Meals with Chandler Boyd:  5pm EST

Chandler Boyd is a graduate of UCLA and went on to be a Lakers Girl for the LA Lakers. She is now a personal trainer and ACE certified Nutrition Specialist.

 

May 12:

Young Adult Stress and Anxiety Workshop with Karen Dillon: 7pm EST

This is an unprecedented time and so difficult to navigate.  For young adults and teens who faced cancelled sports and social gatherings, changes in school formats and more, it is not easy.  Things may get back to normal, but what is this new normal for you?  This workshop offers participants a reprieve from anxious thoughts and feelings, and gives participants the space to be quiet and honestly connect with, and name, thoughts and feelings through private journalling prompts and honest conversation. Those who attend will be given tools to use after the session ends.

 

May 13:

The Pilates Loft: Mat Pilates Class with Meghan Juras, 8:30am EST

Concussions in Adolescents: Symptoms and Treatment with Dr. Chris Rago: 9:30am EST

Dr. Chris Rago is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and Clinical Nutrition programs. He has been an avid athlete his entire life, playing competitive soccer, lacrosse and ski racing at a junior Olympic level. He played lacrosse in college and became a certified personal trainer where he began working with clients of all ages, health and fitness levels. It was during this time that Dr. Rago began to develop his own ideas of the practice of healthy living and athletic performance. Dr. Rago’s goal as a sports physician is to restore and improve functional movement patterns and to improve his patients’ athletic performance and overall life through chiropractic, acupuncture, and corrective exercise.

Dr. Rago has had experience working with patients of all ages and walks of life. He has worked with athletes of all levels of development and performance. He consults with the MLS team, NYCFC. He has been working with professional athletes and teams throughout his career. While in Chiropractic College, Dr. Rago had the opportunity to work with the University of Bridgeport NCAA National Champion swim team along with the entire athletic program including the soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, and gymnastics teams. He has a true passion for helping people and his focus lies within sports medicine and athletic rehabilitation and performance. 

Webinar: The Importance of Genetic Screening: 12pm EST

Presented in partnership with JScreen

Esteemed panel: 

Ali Rogin is a producer with the PBS NewsHour foreign affairs team. She previously covered Capitol Hill and the State Department for ABC News and was a political producer/reporter for NBC News before that. During her senior year at New York University, she discovered she had the BRCA1 genetic mutation and decided to have prophylactic surgery before her graduation in 2009. A New Jersey native, Rogin lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Emily Goldberg is a genetic counselor for the JScreen program. She received her bachelors’ degrees in biology and psychology from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She has been certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2011. Before joining JScreen, she worked as a genetic counselor at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, specializing in prenatal and cancer genetics. Her professional interests include education, teaching and mentoring genetic counseling students. She serves as an Instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and adjunct faculty at Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches embryology and reproductive genetics.

Richard Zelkowitz, MD, is Regional Medical Director of the Breast Program for the Fairfield Region in the Hartford Hospital Healthcare network and member of the BCA Medical Advisory Board. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Zelkowitz was at Norwalk Hospital, where he joined the medical staff in 1989. While there, he served as chief of hematology/oncology and co-director of the breast cancer center, and founder director of the breast center.

Dr. Zelkowitz initiated the state’s first breast navigator program to help guide patients and families through their cancer journeys, developed a multidisciplinary breast cancer tumor board and launched the state’s first Cold Cap program to prevent alopecia in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Dr. Zelkowitz is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Disease and the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group. He is board-certified in hematology and oncology. Dr. Zelkowitz completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology through the Brown University School of Medicine and a training in bone marrow transplant through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College.

Your Daily Lift with Rebecca Nardi, PT, DPT, OCS: 2pm EST

Feeling like life on-line is crunching you down? Lift up and explore new techniques to develop healthy habits to optimize your posture and keep your spine healthy. Rebecca Nardi is a physical therapist with almost twenty years of experience first as a partner in private practice in Manhattan and then in Connecticut as part of the Hospital for Special Surgery and Stamford Hospial’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department collaboration. She is board certified as a Specialist in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association and is passionate about improving the health and wellness of her patients.

Rest and Restore with Melissa Staxfeld: 8pm-8:30pm EST

Grab your yoga mat, a pillow, and blanket and get ready to bliss out with Melissa Staxfeld! You’ll be guided through a restorative yoga practice stretching the body in long holds, in order to release stress and tension. Time to slow down and give yourself the gift of self-care. This practice is for anyone and for all levels. Time to fuse mind and body and welcome in ease and rest. Melissa is an artist, yoga teacher and Transformational Coach. She guides her clients to balance, ease, and confidence so their vision of the future becomes clear, exciting, and limitless. To check out her work and to book your first free call head to: melissastaxfeld.com.

 

May 16:

Guided Accupressure with Sarah Swanberg: 8:30am EST

Licensed Acupuncturist and Indigo Wellness Group founder, Sarah Swanberg MS LAc, will guide you through a 30-minute acupressure meditation focused on reducing stress and anxiety. Sarah will provide a brief explanation of how acupressure and acupuncture works and provide tips for incorporating acupressure into your self-care routine.

Karen Dillon: Yoga and Guided Meditation, 9am-10:15am EST

This 1 hour yoga flow class and 15 minute meditation/dharma intention will give participants the opportunity to honestly connect with themselves on the mat physically, mentally and spiritually.  Through this yoga class, Karen intends to create “hygge” - a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture.) Karen Dillon is a stage 2B breast cancer survivor with the BRCA2 gene.  She has been teaching yoga since 2010 and her classes are an attempt to give students a physical, emotional and mental class, moving through poses with intention so they can move through life with intention when they leave the mat!

Fitness for Women after Breast Cancer with Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT/Personal Trainer: 10am

This session will include mobilization stretches, upper body isometrics resistance training, stick training and body stretching.  Mobilization stretching is the most functional type of movement and commonly the most undervalued component of conditioning.  Stick training using a yardstick or towel is used for alignment, range of motion, flexibility and strength training exercises.  The exercise session will be coordinated with deep breathing to assist with each movement.

Essentially Namaste: The Benefits of Essential Oils, 11am EST

Learn why essential oils have been around for centuries, used by many cultures world-wide, for a multitude of purposes including sleep & relaxation, sore muscles & bruises, and even colds. Learn the benefits of essential oils, ways to enhance your physical, emotional and spiritual well being naturally and how to avoid products that may contain unhealthy phalates, VOC’s, and/or synthetic fragrances, that are mostly toxic hormone disruptors. 

Essentially Namaste was born out of a need to provide our own families with healthy alternatives for wellness and our excitement to share with you and your families. Rebecca Davis had just undergone treatment for breast cancer at age 33, and Pilar Zosa was extremely sensitive to synthetic chemicals, therefore also looking for non-toxic alternatives for her herself and her home.Looking to stay zen in their full, busy lives as moms to 5 young children collectively, they began sharing holistic tips about health, wellness and lifestyle - including, essential oil blends and natural remedies for everything from stinky feet to colds.

Diana Nicholson: Malibu Beach Pilates, available at your time preference

New York born Pilates Instructor Diana Nicholson has lived and worked in Malibu for more than two decades. A strong pillar in the community and a local treasure, Diana’s passion for a holistic approach to fitness and a healthy lifestyle has lead her to to work and train with the best in the field. 

From training models, actors and actresses to look and feel their best to helping top athletes getting back into the game post injury, Diana’s client list is as illustrious as it is confidential. 

The focus of Diana’s Pilates practice is “Caring.” Her precise and concentrated program will navigate you through a varied repertoire of biomechanically correct exercises. It offers deep core strengthening, pays special attention to your weak links and strengthens the muscles around all movable joints. Diana works with her clients to achieve as much balance as possible to create unrestricted flow of the integrated spirit, soul, body and mind. 

Plant-Based Cooking with Chef Joyan Stroh: 5pm EST

Joyan Stroh has been cooking professionally for over 10 years.  A mid-life career changer, she launched her commitment to cooking by attending the Institute of Culinary Education, followed by her externship at Blue Hill at Stone Barns where she was immersed in seasonal & local cuisine.  Since then, Joyan has worked at several local  restaurants including North in Armonk, NY, Organic Planet and Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich, CT where she has not only honed her culinary skills but also her desire for cooking vegetables and learning more about the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. Now as a Personal Chef, she is dedicated to providing her clients with flavorful, healthy plant-based meals on a weekly basis.     

In this “Spring into Green” class Joyan will cook a quick and nourishing dish using spring veggies plus provide tips on how to coax the most flavor and nutrients out of vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains and a few flavor-boosting techniques.   

May 23:

Mandy DiMarzo: Burn, 9am EST

Mandy DiMarzo is the creator of BURN, a HIIT bodyweight workout with a message of empowerment and strength.  A lifelong competitive athlete, Mandy developed the BURN workout to strengthen both major and supporting muscles. She’s found tremendous success with her approach and is now reaching a community through her BURN platform that spans over 60 countries and 1600 towns/cities across the globe.  The BURN workout involves intense full body movements in short 30 second bursts that will lean and tone your muscles. Be prepared to laugh, scream, and sweat through band work, core exercises, and fun-filled cardio bursts.

LL Country Barre: Barre, 9:30am-10:30am EST

Lori Laub believes that the best way to strengthen your mind to is to start by strengthening your body. Her studio, LL Country Barre in North Salem, NY, focuses on balance, flexibility and core strength. Lori is a breast cancer survivor.

Ali Cerone: Total Body Strength with dumbbells, 10am EST

JB Mallah: A Mindful Hour of Yoga and Meditation with JB Mallah: 11am EST

Healthy Cooking with Courtney Arpano: Time TBD

 

May 29:

Ben Dawson: Boxing, 9am EST

Ben Dawson has 23 years of experience training and teaching Martial arts and is the Founder and Head instructor at MadMax Fitness. This class will use basic boxing techniques combined with bodyweight exercises in a H.I.I.T (high intensity interval training) format to provide a fun and cardio intensive workout!

Forme Barre: Barre, 9:30am EST

Katie Wee: Yoga, 12:30pm EST

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: Omnicom Group

Diamond Sponsors: Greenwich Hospital and JP Morgan Private Bank

Gold Sponsor: Hartford Hospital, Mavis Tire, The Mifflin Family and Travels by Erica

Silver Sponsor: Greenwich Barre Studio and Starling Skincare

Crystal Sponsors: The Metalios Group and Performance Optimal Health

Media Sponsor: Moffly Media

Additonal Sponsors: Open Door Family Medical Center

 

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