The theme of this year’s Fitness Retreat is: Strong Women LIFT Each Other Up. We all know how hard this year has been and we want to recognize your strength and ability to support each other during this time. We will hear from speakers who will LIFT our spirits and help us to make it through the coming months. We will also LIFT some weights and strengthen our physical bodies with various fitness break-out sessions. And it wouldn’t be the retreat without a chance to socialize with other survivors and LIFT each other, so we will make that happen in an online format.
Read below for details. A big thank you to Swedish Cancer Institute for being our Fitness Retreat Main Sponsor!
What to Expect
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How Our Virtual Retreat Will Work
To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, our Fitness Retreat is virtual for the first time in 25 years! After you register, you should receive an automated message that your registration was received. One week before the event, you will receive a retreat update. A reminder email with one link will go out the day before the retreat.
The day of the event, you will click the link and enjoy as many sessions as you are interested in. Have an appointment in the middle of the day? You can leave and come back with the same link.
How Do I Pick My Break-Out Sessions?
This year, you do not need to select your break-out session in advance. You will select your session during the event with the click of a button.
When is the deadline to register?
Your early registration helps us prepare for a successful experience!
To receive a free t-shirt with your registration: Register by February 5th
To receive a retreat packet in the mail with perks from our sponsors: Register by February 10th
To be able to log in the day of the retreat: Register by the end of the day on February 25th
Do I Need to be a Team Survivor Member to Join?
Will the Sessions Be Recorded?
Yes, we know many of you would like to see multiple break-out sessions at the same time or may have to miss an hour of the event. For this reason, we plan to record the sessions and will email the links out the week following the event. We have also asked presenters to share their PowerPoint presentations with us so that you can have access to those after the event.
Fitness Retreat 2021 Schedule
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8:00-8:50 PRE-EVENT: Oneness WITH CHARLENE WEE
This alignment-based morning yoga class will get you prepared and refreshed for the day! Charlene will lead you through a practice focusing on hip opening, providing modifications for those that need them. You will leave the class feeling energized, peaceful, and ready to give and receive love and support to and from our larger community.
Please have a yoga block, strap, and blanket ready for the class. A stack of books and any belt are good alternatives. If you need support getting off the ground, please have a chair handy as well.
9:00-9:10 Welcome: "Strong women Lift each other up"
Join Executive Director, Jennefer Boyer, as we all start this day together with fun, motivation and prizes!
9:10-9:55 Sally Edwards, "When was the last time you did something for the First time?"
10:00-10:40 Break-out Session 1: Fitness (Click to view)
[Low Intensity] Lynn Petzold, Mindfulness: The Power of Pause
Join others in our community to support and encourage a delightful reflective pause. We’ll explore diaphragmatic breath work, body scanning and visualization while gently and compassionately honoring our body and mind. May we be free from pain and danger. May we be healthy. May we be happy. May we be filled with peace. Please have a comfortable place to sit for this session.
[Low to Moderate Intensity] Toshiko Aramaki, Get Ready!
After your cancer treatment, you are so excited to go back to your favorite activities. Do not rush! Make sure your muscles and joints are ready for those exercises that you love. In this low-to-moderate intensity class, you will learn how to get better range of motion, good posture, stronger lower body muscles, and stronger abdominal muscles so that you can participate in many activities and classes without getting injured. Please have a sturdy, stable chair for use during this session.
[Moderate Intensity] Marti Anderson, Pilates
Join this moderate level mat class – you will move and work your entire body with breath, flow and centering. We will go through movements with cues and plenty of modifications. I like to take a basic movement and build onto it, so you decide what level works best for you and your body. Equipment needed: mat, water bottle, towel.
[Moderate to High Intensity] Kim Brasfield Strong But Safe Bootcamp
This 40 minute moderate to high intensity bootcamp is all about being strong BUT being safe. There will be some safe body weight exercises with bouts of safe high intensity cardio thrown in because I know you can do it! Please come, sweat and be safe with me. Equipment: a mat, towel, water bottle and some light weights if you have some at home.
10:45-11:45 Break-out Session 2: Speakers (Click to view)
Dr. Lisa Price, “Good, Great and Precise Diets through Cancer Treatment to Recovery”
Cancer risk and remission is affected by multiple factors. Over 700 peer reviewed studies shows the connection between diet and that risk. This seminar will:
-Review different diets and their effect on cancer risk
-Discuss best diets associated with reducing risk
-Highlight examples of how nutrients in food helps reduce risk
-Provide information on how to incorporate these into your diet and lifestyle
Jennifer Gryniewicz, “Time For YOU: Living a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle”
Jennifer will share her personal experience of living a balanced healthy lifestyle and all the challenges along the way. Throughout her health and wellness journey, she has redefined what a healthy lifestyle means to her, she has learned the value of seeking out the support of others, and she has eased up on the unrealistic expectations she has for herself. Bring a notebook and pen as Jennifer invites you on your own journey of self-reflection where YOU will be inspired to value your self-worth and prioritize your unique emotional and physical needs.
Dr. Anna Schwartz, “Exercise to LIFT You Up: Cancer Exercise App”
Get inspired and stronger with Cancer Exercise. Learn how the app was developed from personal experience, as a survivor and athlete, and many years of research. The new app provides free custom exercise programs to challenge and inspire you to live a healthier life.
11:50-11:55 Prize break
Let’s gather for some prizes and a quick game before lunch!
11:55-1:00 Lunch with Chef Shawntée Cotright & Dr. Lisa Price
Prepare your lunch at home along with Chef Shawntée Cotright! Pull out the recipes that you received by mail/email and your ingredients if you choose to cook along. Chef Shawntée will be modernizing traditional tuna salad and a seafood Gumbo recipe into healthier plant based versions that are flavorful and fully loaded with minerals and vitamins. While she cooks, Dr. Price will be reviewing and explaining the ingredients used in the presentation for nutritional density or value as it relates to cancer treatment to recovery.
1:05-1:50 break-out session 3: Cancer specialists (Click to View)
Meet with specialists specific to your type of cancer or a specific concern. Some will be focused more on presentation time and others will be more of a Q&A discussion. [These were the top 5 most requested topics when you registered.]
Dr. Fengting Yan, What is New in Breast Cancer Treatment: Updates and Clinical Trial Opportunities
Learn about updates in the past year in breast cancer treatment and upcoming clinical trial opportunities at Swedish Cancer Institute. Ask questions and be part of the discussion.
Lynn Fass & Laurie Jones, Live Well with Lymphedema
The mission of Northwest Lymphedema Center is to help people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, learn to live well with lymphedema. In this presentation, we’ll focus on understanding the lymphatic system and what happens when lymphedema presents. In addition, we will outline the basic elements of care, with an emphasis on compression. We’ll also address what patients can do to ‘empower’ their own outcomes for this chronic condition, one of which is having an understanding of risk factors. Lastly, we’ll highlight a few new developments— a gene discovery, imaging and surgical innovations, the new LD Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, and accessible World Lymphedema Day virtual events coming on March 6, 2021 and on every day throughout the month, to which all are welcome!
Dr. Fernanda Musa, Ovarian Cancer – An “Ovary-iew”
Dr. Musa will be presenting an overview (“ovary-view”) of ovarian cancer including dispelling some common myths, going over some major scientific advancements concerning therapy with a sprinkle of early detection and interesting facts about genetic predisposition. Learn how she approaches ovarian cancer. Ask questions and receive candid responses.
Dr. Aliea Herbert, Chemotherapy, Cancer, Cognitive Changes, and Aging: Chemobrain or Chemo-fog – What to Know and What to Do
‘Chemobrain’ has been described since the 1980s and we now use the term ‘cancer related cognitive changes’ to refer the problems in memory, attention, executive function that are described by up to 75% of cancer patients during treatment and persist in 20-40% of survivors during the years following treatments. The relationship between chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and aging, mood, stress, exercise are interesting and important for survivors to learn what they can do to understand, as well as improve, their symptoms.
Ginger Hultin, Chat with the Dietitian Nutritionist: Your Cancer Nutrition Questions Answered
Join this discussion about nutrition for cancer treatment and beyond led by a clinically-trained, integrative-practicing registered dietitian nutritionist. Get evidence-based answers to all your nutrition questions, bust myths, and find clarity in the most updated research. This is an interactive experience where you can ask the expert yourself and also learn from others!
2:00-2:40 Break-out Session 4: Writing, Fitness (Click to view)
Mary Gomez Camba Writing Workshop – “Love Letters”
Mary’s Writing Workshop was a favorite at last year’s retreat and she is excited to lead another session, both for those who are here for the first time and for those who are returning. “Stories are what inspire humans to move outside their comfort zone and accomplish great things.” Mary is a master photographer, business coach, and a youth visual storytelling mentor. She has given a TED talk on the magic of serendipity and how, ultimately, we have the power to write our stories by getting involved and taking action. In this workshop, Mary will describing her life-changing experiences and perhaps inspire us – as she was once inspired, to write our survival stories. She will teach basic techniques to help you get started on your own storytelling journey with an exercise of observation and retrospect. She will also share an opportunity to be part of “Portraits of Women.” We all have a story. What’s yours?
[Low Intensity.] Katherine Boury, Yoga
This is a nurturing practice with movement focusing on poses and sequences designed to decrease anxiety and increase lymph node flow. The yoga in this class is gentle and participants can put as much or as little energy into it as they desire. If you have a yoga mat, please have it ready for this class.
[Low to Moderate Intensity.] Denise Geroux, Enduring Life Workout
This last year has certainly reminded us how we need to endure to stay strong! This session will emphasize exercises that one can do daily or every other day to keep your body moving and to stay functionally strong for all the activities of daily living. We will specifically work on balance, joint mobility, leg/hip/knee/ankle stability, core strength and joint stabilization using bodyweight exercises only. Have a sturdy chair & hand towel ready for the workout.
[High Intensity.] Sellyna Ehlers, Happy Time is Zumba Time
Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Add to that a diverse selection of music that makes your heart go boom boom boom. As Beto the founder of Zumba says – “Zumba is perfect for everybody and every body!” Bring water, a small towel and one-pound weights (or two water bottles) if you have them.
2:45-3:15 Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.), "Power Lift your 2021 Life"
3:15-3:30 Closing remarks to Lift you up
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Sally Edwards, MA, MBA
Sally Edwards is one of America‘s leading experts in business, exercise science, and lifestyle living. She is a serial entrepreneur, prolific author, professional runner and triathlete. Her passion is to get America healthy and moving. To that goal, she has created two different patented and branded physical activity programs: ZONING™, Fitness in a Blink and HZT, the Heart Zones Training™ system. Her company, Heart Zones USA is a fitness and health technology and wearable devices company.
Sally is a best-selling author with 24 books and 500 articles on health and fitness including the popular books Be a Better Runner and ZONING, Fitness in a Blink. This professional triathlete is a 16-time Ironman finisher, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, and ultra marathoner winning the hundred mile Western States Endurance Run. In 1997, she was a member of the women’s winning RAAM, Race Across America team finishing the race in 7 days.
Today, Sally uses her passion for getting America fit to lead Heart Zones, Inc. She is an example of what she teaches – living an active healthy lifestyle in Sacramento, California with her partner, Estelle Gray and her three dogs – Humor, Lucy, and Jerry.
Dr. Lisa Price, ND
A National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Fellow (2005-2010), she is also an author, radio host, lecturer, and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She studied microbial biochemistry as an undergraduate and as a Master of Science student in New York, and graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University in 1998, with honors in counseling.
As an adjunct faculty at Bastyr from 2003 to current, she has taught a variety of clinical and academic courses including biochemistry to Master of Science candidates in Nutrition from 2012 to 2015. Her classes focus on the physiological effects of nutrients as well as standard biochemistry concepts as they relate to health. She has served as a mentor to students in both clinical and laboratory settings.
She is the co-author of Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery (Demos Health 2015), which sold over 20,000 copies its first year, with current sales of over 45,000. She is also the author of two books published in 2019.
With an NIH research fellow in immunology and oncology, Dr. Price has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts, written many articles on health and nutrition, and has presented her findings at scientific conferences.
For over a decade, Dr. Price has actively served cancer patients and teamed with oncologists in cancer centers in the Pacific Northwest including Swedish Cancer Center, Multicare Cancer Center, Northwest Specialty Clinics in Hematology and Oncology, to deliver excellent, holistic care.
From childhood through young adulthood, Jennifer was an avid runner, biker and swimmer, realizing the positive impact physical activity had on her emotional and physical wellbeing. When her children were very young, she experienced a debilitating benign brain tumor requiring surgery and a long rehabilitation. This experience caused her to reassess how she approached fitness and she learned the importance of asking for help. She also eased up on the unrealistic expectations she had of herself as a wife, mother and athlete, and gave herself permission to take time to focus on her own health and wellness goals. In the process, she became even more passionate about helping others. Today, Jennifer works with Cancer Survivors, empowering them to focus holistically on their own health, regaining physical strength and endurance, improving emotional wellbeing, and creating balanced lifestyles.
Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN
Chef Shawntée Cotright
I found my love for cooking at an early age with my aunty Annie B. (who was a private home cook and a train cook during the great migration from the South). I began learning traditional southern soul food cooking techniques at the age of 14 years old. Taking care of my family and myself for decades using heritage cooking skills passed down from my aunty until I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the of age 39.
Believing that real health does not lie in a pill bottle but starts with the food on your plate I started taking Holistic Health education courses and it was here that I began understanding the food system (how food can affect health, how to reduce and eliminate hypertension, how to use food as medicine). I also added in nature walks/hikes, mediation, gardening, and spiritual development. After a few years of making these lifestyle changes and doing other work on myself I was able to be taken off the high blood pressure medication. I was also able to maintain being 100% vegan and have been for four years.
Trained in classical culinary and professional plant-based cooking, I consider myself a vegan culinarian. I am the owner of a vegan pop-up shop, Food Protection Manager Certified and a State of Washington certified Minority Business Enterprise. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business and I am currently studying to become a certified Holistic Health coach.
My intention is to inspire and empower people through seminars that educate and teach them to live to their highest and most fulfilling vision of life.
Dr. Fengting Yan, MD
I am Fengting Yan, currently a breast oncologist at True Family Women’s Cancer Center at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle. I was trained at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center/University of Washington for my hematology/oncology fellowship. My career goal is to translate my research from bench to bedside to improve women’s health. I have been interested in translational research in women’s cancer and public education in women’s health. My interest comes from my background in clinical training in Ob & Gyn in China, years of public education in women’s health through internet and TV talk shows, Internal medicine residency training and Hematology-Oncology fellowship training in the US, as well as extensive basic lab research training as a post-doctoral researcher. My primary research interest has been to identify oncogenic markers and design inhibitors of these markers for developing new drugs to treat cancer patients, and to deliver updated health related education to women.
Lynn Fass, RN
Lynn, a Registered Nurse and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and has been a guiding force behind the Northwest Lymphedema Center for over 25 years. She trained at the Vodder and Casley-Smith Schools. Lynn speaks from experience, having had Primary Lymphedema in her legs since she was a teenager and in her arms which developed about 10 years later. Lynn is also a former patient at the famous Foldi clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany. Lynn is currently a Board Co-Chair and Past President at the Northwest Lymphedema Center.
Laurie is a Lymph Science Advocate! With a background in public policy, Laurie is honored to have a leadership role at this critical time of promising developments in lymphatic science and medicine bringing new hope to patients. Laurie is a breast cancer survivor with upper body Secondary Lymphedema. She is also especially proud of two beautiful knee replacements in legs with Primary Lymphedema. Laurie credits that success to what she has learned, and the support she has received from the special community of the Northwest Lymphedema Center, where she currently serves as Board Co-Chair.
Dr. Fernanda Musa, M.D., MS
Dr. Musa is a Gynecologic Oncologist who prides herself in taking care of her patients as a whole. She is happy to offer them minimally invasive surgery whenever possible and feels privileged to also be able to care for them though their chemotherapy, if indicated. She is committed to providing excellent care for her patients and being not only a surgeon, but an advocate, educator and long-term partner in their care. As a co-leader of the research initiative in gyn-oncology at the Swedish Cancer Institute, Dr. Musa’s charge is to improve treatment options for gynecologic cancers. She considers herself an “out-of-thebox” thinker and is committed to offering innovative treatment options including clinical trials. She is also happy to collaborate with other physicians in order to facilitate treatment for patients who cannot get their infusions in Seattle.
Dr. Aliea Herbert, MD, MPH
Dr. Herbert is a cancer rehabilitation physiatrist, which means she believes in supporting cancer patients to live well, maintain or increase independence, and achieve personalized, patient-centered goals from work to social interactions to recreation. She sees patients across the continuum of their cancer journey: from shortly following diagnosis to beyond treatment and at all points in between, focusing on prevention of debility and increase in function. She received her MD/MPH from The George Washington University in Washington DC, followed by specialty training at University of Colorado and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO
Mary Gomez Camba
While following her dreams, a serendipitous event persuaded her to redirect her efforts in a wholly unexpected direction. Mary will share a sneak peek of her upcoming book describing her life-changing experiences and perhaps inspire us – as she was once inspired, to write our survival stories.
Mary is a master photographer, business coach, and a youth visual storytelling mentor. She has given a TED talk on the magic of serendipity and how, ultimately, we have the power to write our stories by getting involved and taking action. Her talk, “You Decide What Happens Next” can be found on YouTube.
Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.)
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Hi there, my name is Marti Anderson. I have been teaching pilates for 11 years. I began teaching at the Coal Creek YMCA and have recently opened a studio in my home where I offer in-person and zoom classes. I am very passionate about pilates because I believe that everyone can do it at some level. In fact, the motto that inspired my pilates journey is, “she believed she could, so she did.” Pilates is a safe and effective full body workout that allows me to lift other women up and help them get stronger through movement.
Toshiko is a NCSF certified Personal and ACSM/ACS certified Cancer Exercise Trainer®. She has been leading the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA for 11 years and Active Women / Healthy Women classes for TSNW since 2014. She has given lectures about how to regain strength after cancer treatment at various events (Cancer Lifeline, Lymphedema Support Group, Fred Hutchinson’s survivor program and Swedish survivorship program). She understand the physical limitations of a survivor and provides interesting, fun, effective, and safe exercises. Her sessions also focus on the importance of good posture and exercises for posture correction.
Katherine believes it is an honor to be teaching yoga and values of the benefit of yoga to strengthen both the body and the mind. She believes that with the continued practice of yoga that which no longer serves us begins to fall away and allows us to live more authentically. Professionally, she has worked in nonprofit communications for the last fifteen years, including ten years of public affairs in disaster response. She is a also a cancer survivor and teaches yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors.
Sellyna has a bachelor’s degree in Women Studies and has a full-time job at the University of Washington as the Director of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion. Before COVID-19, she also taught Zumba at the YMCA, Greenlake Fitness and University Heights Community Center and loves the students and the Zumba community.
Yoga has given Charlene a new perspective in life: one that contains more joy and less stress, and she wants to share this with her students. Her friendly and informative classes focus on proper alignment of poses to encourage students of all levels to practice safely and receive the full benefits from yoga. She promotes awareness in body and mind, and believes that everyone has the power to lead a balanced and happy life. Charlene is a 2000-hour certified yoga teacher, and has been teaching since 2007.
Charlene has been involved with Team Survivor Northwest since 2000, and is the head coach for TSNW’s dragon boat paddling program since 2015. She also organizes “Celebrating Life with Yoga,” a fundraiser for TSNW.