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  • Survivors In the Pink; An exercise program for breast cancer survivors

    Published: 10/17/2013

    Survivors In the Pink is an exercise group for breast cancer survivors run by Miriam Rohr, a licensed physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist with MossRehab. The program, which is free and offered to Einstein patients, helps women transition from being a breast cancer patient to being a healthy person. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus, and are intended for women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have completed treatment.

    It’s a place for women to build up strength and endurance through physical training, to learn about reducing the risk of a recurrence of breast cancer, and how to manage other medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

    Participants learn safe and effective exercises that address many of their symptoms, such as fatigue, loss of bone density, weakness, decreased endurance and weight gain. They learn the benefits of life-long, regular exercise and weight management and its relationship to health, wellness and survival rates. Classes are a combination of low impact aerobics, resistive training, and stretching geared towards physical issues that result from breast cancer treatment.

    At the first visit, Miriam does a medical assessment with each woman and based on that, sets up an individual exercise regimen. The women learn how to be independent and when they come to class they follow their personalized regimen. Throughout the class, Miriam works with and monitors each woman. At the end of class, everyone joins in a circle to stretch and cool-down.

    In addition to the physical benefits, the class serves as a support group – where women bond, become friends, share information and resources, and attend conferences and other activities together.

    For more information, contact Miriam Rohr at 215-456-9901 ext. 58056.

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