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Barnesville nets funds for free exercise class

September 2, 2012
Times Leader

BARNESVILLE - Barnesville Hospital received funding through the American Cancer Society Virginia Gasaway Community Investment Grant to provide "Bridging the Gap" a free, six week exercise class designed specifically for cancer survivors.

The class has been extremely well received with participants enjoying the camaraderie of exercising with other cancer survivors and also experiencing an improvement in their overall health and fitness.

"We are extremely grateful to the American Cancer Society for the funding to make this exercise class for cancer survivors possible," said David Phillips, Chief Executive Officer. "This class provides a great opportunity for participants to participate in a basic exercise class designed specifically for them."

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BARNESVILLE HOSPITAL recently celebrated the success of its exercise class for cancer survivors. From left, are: John Largent, American Cancer Society, Community and Volunteer Involvement Director, Joginder Kaur, Registered Dietitian, Barnesville Hospital, Judy Hartman, ACS Volunteer Leadership Council Area President, James Dye, ACS, Regional Vice President, Jan Chambers, Director of Development, Barnesville Hospital, Raquel McGee, Exercise Physiologist, Barnesville Hospital, Mary Ann Delloma and Belva Tychonski, class participants.

The instructors for the classes are Vicki Burghy, Physical Therapist, Barnesville Hospital, and Raquel McGee, Exercise Physiologist, Barnesville Hospital. Both instructors are certified Cancer Exercise Specialists, a certification they achieved this year through coursework and testing. Research has demonstrated that exercise can reduce fatigue, improve self esteem, strength, and flexibility. Participants will be allowed to progress at their own pace.

The next six week class will begin on August 23rd from 8-9 am and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for a class or for information regarding upcoming classes, please call 740-425-5176.



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