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Tuesday, October 27 2015

BFMC Offers More Wellness Opportunities

Adapted from a Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press release:

Starting tomorrow, local cancer survivors will have another chance to take Pam Roberts' gentle yoga class and the hospital is teaming up with Greenfield's YMCA to present their 3rd annual Senior Health Fair next Wednesday.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors
BFMC’s Oncology Department will once again present a free, 8 week, yoga class at the YMCA of Greenfield, on Wednesdays from October 28th through December 16th, from 12PM to 1:30PM.  The course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a 20-year breast cancer survivor and certified Kripalu Yoga teacher.  Ms. Roberts is also a certified Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients instructor.

These weekly Gentle Yoga classes are for individuals who have been living with a cancer diagnosis and consist of stretching, strengthening, breathing, and deep relaxation exercises.  “[The class has been] the best thing that has helped me after breast cancer,” said one participant.  Another member commented that the class was “beneficial to my body, mind and spirit.” Participants have found that the class helps with strengthening muscles and promoting relaxation.

This free yoga program has been made possible by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department and the YMCA in Greenfield.  It is funded by BFMC’s annual Wheeling for Healing Bike Event, which supports Oncology patients, programs, and services at Baystate Franklin.

For more information, or to register for Gentle Yoga, please contact Pam Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or

Senior Health Fair & Functional Fitness Assessment
On Wednesday, November 4th, from 9AM to 1PM, at the YMCA of Greenfield (454 Main Street), BFMC & the YMCA will hold a free event, for all individuals age 60 and older, featuring a variety of screenings, fitness assessments, information stations, guest speakers, and healing modalities to explore.  Participants will also be able to test their healthcare knowledge with a “Wheel of Health” game, enjoy a lunch at noon, and receive information from other healthcare-related services that will be exhibiting at the fair.

Both the YMCA and BFMC have held Senior Health Fairs in the past; this will be the third year the two organizations are partnering. Jayne Trosin, fitness director at the YMCA noted, “This annual event has been very well attended by our YMCA senior participants and by the community at large. We are delighted to continue our partnership with BFMC to offer a large variety of both screenings and exhibits.”

Coordinating the BFMC contribution to the fair is Stephanie Swan, MSN,RN, nurse educator. “This annual collaboration with the YMCA is always a very fun and educational event. Staff from numerous Baystate Franklin departments will be there providing health education for senior citizens."

YMCA staff will administer the functional fitness assessment which includes six elements: lower body strength, upper body strength, aerobic endurance, lower body flexibility, upper body flexibility, and agility & balance. Staff from BFMC's Emergency, Medical-Surgical, Birthplace, Cardiopulmonary, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Case Management, and Baystate Home Infusion departments will offer various screenings (e.g., hearing, balance testing) and information on assistive devices, heart health, and Reiki, as well as stroke education.

During lunch, three guest speakers will be featured: Tom Higgins, MD, interim president/CEO, BFMC will speak in general about senior health; Heba Wassif, MD, cardiologist will discuss what to monitor with new medications and the side effects they can cause; and Pamela McLean, NP will talk about cancer prevention.

There is no charge for the Senior Health Fair and it is open to both YMCA members and the general public.  Pre-registration is encouraged; for more information, or to register, call (413) 773-3646 x448.  You can also register at the YMCA Welcome Center.