Wellness

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Your wellness journey begins here!

We invite you to enter the relaxed, peaceful and home-like setting of the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre – Lou’s House. It is here that you will discover many diverse programs and activities that will help you live well with and beyond cancer.

The Wellness Centre is a community effort. Affectionately referred to as Lou’s House, in tribute to the memory of Lou Adler, the Centre is managed by Hope & Cope staff with the assistance of cancer-experienced volunteers. Course instructors and specialists graciously donate their time and expertise to help develop and teach a variety of classes and programs.

Membership is open to anyone who is currently undergoing treatment or who is up to one-year post-diagnosis. Give us just 1 hour of your time and we’ll get you started on your personal path to wellness! Click here for more information about membership criteria and to download and print the forms.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Exercise & Rehab

ActivOnco: setting you on the path to wellness

Exercise is one of the best things you can do to feel stronger, more energetic and more positive both during and after cancer treatment. Our unique ActivOnco active-onco-600x400program is designed to help you regain as much strength, balance and flexibility as possible and to cope with some of the side effects of treatment such as fatigue, nausea, swelling, pain and reduced physical function.

Our team of physiotherapist and exercise physiologists will provide you with a careful assessment and a personalized exercise plan that can be completed at home or in our fully equipped gym. The gym is supervised by volunteers, under the guidance of the ActivOnco team.

We also offer a wide range of activities in our bright and airy yoga studio. These include yoga, tai chi, qi gong, dance classes and more!

Our team will be happy to recommend activities that are safe and right for you. Registration and a complete physical evaluation are mandatory. For more information, please contact our Exercise Program Coordinator at 514 340-3616, ext. 212, [email protected].

Nutrition

Eating well as part of a healthy lifestyle

HC-wellness-kitchen-2Has your appetite been affected by cancer treatment? Are you confused by all the conflicting reports about which foods are good for you and which should be avoided? Do you want to try recipes that are easy to make, nutritious and delicious?

Our Nutrition Program, developed by an experienced cancer dietitian, includes:

  • Healthy cooking – Weekly classes in the Wellness Centre’s fully equipped demonstration kitchen
  • Lectures on specific cancer nutrition topics (e.g. Basic Nutrition for Cancer Patients)
  • Weigh to Go! – An 8-week healthy weight loss series for patients AFTER cancer treatment combining exercise and nutrition
  • Cooking with Ensure? For sure! – Talented amateur chefs whip up recipes provided by Abbott Nutrition, the makers of Ensure
  • Cuisines of the world – Participants share recipes from their native countries

These programs are partially sponsored by Abbott Nutrition.

Stress Reduction

Exploring the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

If you have cancer, or are caring for someone who has been diagnosed, you may feel as if your thoughts and your life are spinning out of control.

We offer several programs that help reduce stress. These include classes in meditation, relaxation and visualization – techniques that are easy to learn and to incorporate into your day – as well as healing touch, reiki and massage. Our monthly laughter workshops are another great stress reliever, releasing those feel-good endorphins and giving you a surprisingly good workout at the same time.

Our specially designed Think Smart, Live Well program is a highly effective four-part workshop that will provide you with practical strategies for coping not just with cancer, but also with everyday stress. You will have the opportunity to practice the skills you learn and to take home a workbook once the program has been completed. Topics include:

  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Stress management

The program is held monthly, with one-day workshops and refresher courses offered a few times per year.

To register, please call 514 340-8222, ext. 25531.

Creative Arts

Creative expression – whether it involves art therapy, painting, jewellery-making, writing, singing in a choir, or a combination of these art-therapy-600x400activities – can be a revealing way of coming to terms with the complicated feelings, thoughts and emotions that often accompany the cancer experience.

We invite you to explore our creative art programs. Classes, taught by volunteer instructors who create a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, include:

Open Art Studio – painting, drawing, collages and more…

 

Voices of Hope Choir –share the magic and joy of raising your voice in song together with other cancer survivors. Rehearsals are held weekly, in preparation for two annual concerts in June and December.

Jewellery 101 and Just Gems – Learn to make your own bracelets and necklaces. There is a small charge for materials.

Knitting – learn the basics or take our intermediate level class and you’ll understand why so many people find knitting to be such a pleasant and relaxing pastime.

This is the best thing I could have done for my healing: mentally, physically and emotionally. The bonding and support that occurs among the participants is incredible.

Marlene

Don't miss these free public lectures for cancer survivors!
Reserve your spot by calling 514 340-3616.

Breast Cancer and Nutrition
November 22
6:30 pm - 8 pm

Nutrition can be a confusing topic at the best of times. Oncology dietitian Kristina Bianca Mullahoo will provide you with up-to-date information during this free lecture at the Cancer Wellness Centre.

CHEMO BRAIN AND CANCER FOG
November 23
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chemo brain is a common and worrisome side effect of treatment. If you are looking for strategies to help you cope, this lecture is for you!
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Early morning delivery of 25 packets of fresh herbs for sale. Today's selection: pineapple mint, spike lavender, rosemary, yellow, purple and green sage. Get yours for only $3 each!

Découvrez le goût particulier et les propriétés bénéfiques des herbes de notre jardin.
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Choose from 150 packets of herbs from our garden, including coveted varieties not sold in grocery stores such as pineapple mint and magic mountain basil. As the cold weather settles in, what could be more comforting than a cup of mint tea, a dash of lavender in your salad or basil in your soup? Only $3.00 - $4.00 per packet.
Come early for the best selection! Proceeds will be used to make next year’s garden even better.

Choisissez parmi 150 paquets d’herbe de notre jardin, comprenant des variétés convoitées, qu’on ne trouve pas dans les magasins, telles que ananas et menthe ou basilic de montagne magique. Au moment où le froid hivernal s’installe, quoi de plus réconfortant qu’une tasse de thé à la menthe, un brin de lavande dans votre salade ou du basilic dans votre soupe? Prix imbattable: 3 $ à 4 $, le paquet. Venez tôt pour profiter de la meilleure sélection! Les profits serviront à développer et à améliorer le jardin l’an prochain!
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Unique herbs for sale

November 13, 2017, 10:00am - November 17, 2017, 3:00pm

Choose from 150 packets of herbs from our garden, including coveted varieties not sold in grocery stores such as pineapple mint and magic mountain basil. As the cold weather settles in, what could be ...

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Our volunteers are the best! In this 10:36 video, filmed at our Open House, Mark Samoilovich explains what motivated him to plant a fabulous herb garden at the Wellness Centre while Bluma Blicher talks about the rewards of giving back.

Nous sommes très reconnaissants aux bénévoles Mark Samoilovich et Bluma Blicher.
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This has been one of the most significant, remarkable and positive life-altering workshops that I have attended and I am beyond appreciative.

Elisabeth

Think Smart, Live Well workshop