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Hospital awarded $25,000 grant to fund unique program for breast cancer survivors

New Britain [August 02 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (CT BHI, Inc.) toward a free and unique interactive educational program that stresses nutrition and fitness for breast cancer survivors.

Survive & Thrive: A Nutrition and Fitness Educational Series for Breast Cancer Survivors is a multi-faceted initiative that will include a yoga series, a nutrition and exercise series, and workshops focusing on nutrition and exercise/physical activity. Survive & Thrive is expected to begin in September.

“There’s been a lot of research published in the past three to five years about the benefits of nutrition and exercise in decreasing the risk of breast cancer recurrence,” says HOCC Nurse Navigator Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H. “We’re grateful to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for this funding that will help us meet the needs of our breast cancer survivors in the community.”

Survive & Thrive will include four, eight-week yoga sessions at the hospital’s Bradley Memorial campus starting in September; and three, 12-week interactive nutrition and exercise sessions at the New Britain General campus beginning in October. The nutrition and exercise sessions will offer one hour of weekly supervised physical activity in the Elliot and Marsha Cohen Good Life Center, followed by one hour of nutrition education. Participants will be able to extend Good Life Center membership through a full year to help achieve sustainable progress and results.

Survive & Thrive will also include a winter and spring nutrition workshop and two exercise/physical activity workshops, to be open to breast cancer survivors in the community. Program offerings will extend through 2012. The grant will also help fund patient education materials related to nutrition and physical activity and the breast program staff’s community outreach activities.

The hospital’s comprehensive breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It includes two breast navigators and weekly breast conference meetings. Nurse navigators guide patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program’s educational initiatives are survivorship workshops and manuals for patients with breast cancer. For program information, please contact Boehm at 860-224-5900, X6307 or visit

This $25,000 grant follows three others from CT BHI, Inc., namely two grants totaling $60,000 in 2010 focusing on breast cancer education and research; and a $15,000 education grant in 2009 toward patient education.

The CT BHI, Inc. has assumed a leading role in the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut since 2004, having awarded $1,637,854 million in grants. Money CT BHI, Inc. raises supports breast cancer education and research within Connecticut. All money raised in Connecticut stays within the state.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, X6507

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