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New Programs Now at Mile Square!

More than 40 programs a month now at Mile Square Health Center and UI Health Cancer Clinic! All Wellness House programs are FREE and for those affected by cancer. Choose the program this is right for you! All UI Health programs take place at the locations below. For more information, call 630.323.5150.

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Beginner Chair Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.

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Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

This ancient form of movement and exercise leads to harmony of mind and body while decreasing stress.

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn a set of calming movements to enhance strength and circulation.

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Nia®

Staff Registration Required

Nia® is a mind-body movement practice for all ages and levels of fitness using choreography to soul-stirring music.

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Exercise for Getting Well

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by gentle instructor-led exercises for people experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment, with focus on reducing treatment side effects, improving activities of daily living, and maintaining strength and endurance.

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Exercise for Staying Well – Level I & Level II

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by instructor-led exercises for increasing endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

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Exercise for Living Well – Level I & Level II

Staff Registration Required

Aerobic warm-up followed by a new resistance plan each month designed to teach independent exercise.

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Pink Ribbon Fitness

Staff Registration Required

Customized exercises for breast cancer survivors.

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Pilates

Staff Registration Required

Beginner mat Pilates.

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Open Gym

Drop-ins Welcome

Participants may use the exercise facilities for independent exercise.

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ALAS – Yoga (taught in Spanish)

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement. Classes taught in Spanish; all equipment is provided.

 

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Mindfulness for Everyday Living

Drop-ins Welcome

Through practice and discussion, learn the benefits of mindfulness meditation in this group setting.

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Flute Circle

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn to play the Native American flute and how to express yourself through music. No experience necessary.

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Kids Group

Staff Registration Required

A group designed to support kids ages 6-12 in developing coping skills, clarifying misconceptions surrounding cancer, and promoting feelings of normalcy as they meet other children impacted by cancer.

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Turtles

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12.

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Teen Time

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week bereavement support group for teens ages 13-18 who have
experienced the loss of a parent due to cancer.

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Turtles Bereavement Group for Parents

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group that will help connect you with other parents and receive support around your loss, discuss parenting concerns, and find ways to help your family heal.

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Caregiver Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Network with other caregivers in this ongoing 8-week support group meets at the same time as the Cancer Support Group.

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Mile Square Health Center – General Cancer Support Group

Walk-in or register at wellnesshouse.org

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing 8-week support group for people with cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills. This group meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Join other women facing metastasis of their breast cancer. This weekly group will focus on the ongoing challenges that arise from dealing with treatment, relationships, and facing the future.

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Living with Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This weekly group focuses on issues regarding recurrent and metastatic cancer and welcomes individuals diagnosed as well as family members supporting a loved one with cancer. Caregivers are welcome to attend with or without the individual with cancer.

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Spiritual Side of Cancer

Drop-ins Welcome

The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey.

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Young Adults with Cancer Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides emotional support and an opportunity to meet other young adults receiving treatment.

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Brain Tumor Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

 

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Breast Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

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Carcinoid Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Colon/Rectal Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Gynecologic Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Head & Neck Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for people with head and neck cancers and their caregivers to share their cancer stories, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Lung Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Multiple Myeloma Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Pancreatic Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Exercise for Getting Well Fundamentals

Staff Registration Required

Gentle instructor-led, chair-based exercises for participants experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment.

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Prostate Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Bereavement Drop-in

Drop-ins Welcome

For recently bereaved adults who have had a cancer-related loss.

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Transitions for Spouses

Staff Registration Required

This is a committed bereavement support group to help spouses and partners develop coping techniques. The group meets twice every month.

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Transitions Alumni Networking

Alumni Drop-ins Encouraged

Join other adults who have completed the Transitions for Spouses or Turtles bereavement programs at this monthly group to continue
supporting one another.

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Melanoma Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

The purpose of this group is to exchange information and strategies for making decisions and navigating the cancer experience.

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Tai Chi Fundamentals

Registration Required

Tai Chi Fundamentals® offers a simplified introduction to traditional Yang-style Tai Chi.

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Guided Meditation

Registration Required


Learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through guided meditation. No meditation experience required.

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Kids Group for Parents with Advanced Illness

Staff Registration Required

A weekly support group for children ages 6-12 with a parent with metastatic
or advanced cancer.

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Restorative Yoga

Staff Registration Required

Gentle, floor-based yoga postures that utilize props for slow, passive stretching. Registration is required and space is limited to 6 participants.

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Arlington Heights – Mindful Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Chicago – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Ongoing support group for women with gynecologic cancers to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Chicago – Breast Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome


Ongoing support group for women with breast cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Palatine – Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing.

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UIC Cancer Clinic – Cancer Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for people with cancer to share their cancer stories, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Teen Group

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week support group for teens ages 13-18 who have a parent with a
current cancer diagnosis.

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Turtles Transitions

Staff Registration Required

A bereavement group for children ages 6-12 who have participated in the Turtles program and/or who are experiencing the later stages of grief due to the loss of a parent.

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Turtles Networking

Staff Registration Required

A monthly opportunity for children ages 6-12 who have gone through the Turtles program to connect with each other, continue to process feelings related to grief, and do creative activities together.

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Bereavement Group for Siblings

Staff Registration Required

A weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12 who have lost a sibling to cancer.

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Unique Boutique

To schedule an appointment, call 630.654.5110 or email uniqueboutique@wellnesshouse.org.

Experience personalized salon and bodywork offerings tailored specifically for people with cancer.

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Chicago – Beginner Chair Yoga

Drop-ins welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.
No previous yoga experience required; all equipment provided.

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UIC Cancer Clinic – Creative Connections

for patients and caregivers in the infusion center

Using a variety of artistic materials, this is an opportunity for patients and
caregivers in the infusion center to explore and develop their own creative
centers for the purpose of healing.

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UIC Cancer Clinic – Nutrition Connections

for patients and caregivers in the infusion center

Oncology dietitian provides individual nutrition consultations with patients
and caregivers in the infusion center. For questions, contact Angela Dennison, RD, LDN at 630.654.5196 or adennison@wellnesshouse.org.

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Online Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Staff Registration Required

Join us for an online orientation and tour from the comfort of your own home. After registering, you will be provided with a link via email to join the meeting.

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Berwyn – Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement. Classes taught in Spanish and English.

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Palatine – Reiki Clinic

Staff Registration Required

Discover this Japanese form of healing energy that helps reduce stress, promote relaxation, and balance the mind and emotions.

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Mile Square Health Center – Young Adult Networking Group

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

This group is part of an international initiative to recognize and address the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and emotional development that young adults face when living with cancer.

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Mile Square Health Center – Spirituality Group

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey.

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Mile Square Health Center – Breast Cancer Networking

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

This group provides an opportunity for women with breast cancer to share your unique experience, connect with and ask questions of others in similar circumstances and improve your coping skills.

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Mile Square Health Center – Men’s Cancer Networking Group

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

This group provides an opportunity for men with any type of cancer to share your unique experience, connect with and ask questions of others in similar circumstances and improve your coping skills.

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Mile Square Health Center – Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help you deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.

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Mile Square Health Center – Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment.

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Beginner Mat Yoga Level I

Registration Required

Introduction to gentle, beginner and restorative standing and mat-based yoga postures.

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Beginner Mat Yoga Level II

Drop-ins Welcome


Beginner and restorative mat based and standing yoga postures.

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Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Drop-ins Welcome

New to Wellness House? Join us for an orientation that provides an overview of programs, a tour of the facility, and a chance to meet staff.

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Post-Treatment Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity to connect with other participants who have finished treatment and are navigating the question of “what now?”

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Oak Park (Rush) – Cancer Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity for people with cancer and their caregivers to share information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve coping skills.

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Mile Square Health Center- Exercise for Staying Well

To register, call 630.654.5355 or 630.323.5150 or email ablazevic@wellnesshouse.org

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by instructor-led exercises for increasing endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

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Mile Square Health Center – Exercise for Getting Well

To register, call 630.654.5355 or 630.323.5150 or email ablazevic@wellnesshouse.org

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by instructor-led chair-based exercises for people experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment.

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Mile Square Health Center – Mat Yoga

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

Introduction to gentle, beginner and restorative standing and mat-based yoga postures.

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Mile Square Health Center – Tai Chi Fundamentals

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

Tai Chi Fundamentals offers a simplified introduction to traditional Yang-style Tai Chi.

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Chicago – Chair Yoga

Drop-ins welcome

Gentle beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga positions.

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Mile Square Health Center – Chair Yoga

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

Gentle beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.

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Mile Square Health Center – Meditation

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

Experience a peace and serenity in the stillness of meditation and facilitate healing of mind, body and spirit.

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CBT and Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management

Staff Registration Required

You will learn tools that will assist in decreasing your pain and anxiety and improving your sleep and quality of life.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Group for the Bereaved

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to participants who have lost a loved one to cancer and who have regularly attended Drop-In Bereavement Group or Transitions for Spouses.

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Mile Square Health Center – Expressive Arts

Registration Required

The support offered through the escape of the arts enriches the daily lives of patients and their families, providing joy, stress release, and a reprieve from treatment.

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In My Own Words

Registration Required

Come and share your story with others who have either an interest in or a passion for self-exploration through writing.

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Moving Forward

Staff Registration Required

An 8- week experiential series for those who have completed treatment in the past year.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Group

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and/or their caregiver.

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Monthly Meditation

Registration Required

Experience peace and serenity in the stillness of meditation and facilitate healing of mind, body, and spirit.

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Cancer Nutrition 101: Step-by-Step Program to a Cancer-Fighting Diet

Registration Required

This series is for cancer survivors who want to improve their eating habits and have not known where to begin.

 

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Mixed Media Art

Registration Required
Please register for each class separately.

Join Caring Arts Foundation to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing.

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Food for Life with The Cancer Project

Registration Required

Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition.

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Spring Ceramics

Registration Required

Join us in using traditional ceramic hand building techniques to complete individual weekly projects using wet clay.

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Stress Free Saturday

Registration Required

Enjoy the benefits of starting your weekend stress-free. Come to this class and experience a variety of stress reduction techniques, including several forms of meditation.

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How Yoga Can Help with Cancer

Registration Required

In this presentation participants will learn how yoga can help deal with
common, and not so common, side effects of cancer, help boost your immunity, and improve recovery.

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Meaning Centered-Psychotherapy Group for Caregivers

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to caregivers who are tending emotionally and/or physically to a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.

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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This single-session class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment.

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Creating an Advance Directive

Registration Required

Join us for a discussion on advanced care planning and the importance of having this conversation with those you love.

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Chicago – Cooking Up Wellness

Drop – ins welcome

This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help you deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health

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Wellness in Action: Hands-on Cooking Class

Registration Required

Join Angela for this hands-on learning experience in cooking your basic, but at times tricky, health-promoting foods.

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Wellness House Open Mic Night

Registration Required
THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELLED

Join us for an evening to share that poem, essay, song, or passage that you think everyone must hear. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the fun evening.

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Mind Science Yoga Workshop

Registration Required

This workshop highlights the benefits of Mind Science Yoga.

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Antioxidant Favorites

Registration Required

This class will focus on specific antioxidants and the foods they are
found in. Learn how these foods can reduce the risk of cancer and
tips to include them into your everyday diet.

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Restorative Yoga with Healing Sound

Drop-Ins Welcome

This restorative yoga class is the perfect way to begin your weekend.

 

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UIC Cancer Clinic – Expressive Arts

Drop-in program

It is our hope that the support we offer through the escape of the arts enriches the daily lives of patients and their families, providing joy, stress release, and a reprieve from treatment.

 

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Community Acupuncture

Staff Registration Required

Join Bridget to experience the benefits of acupuncture in a community setting that allows 3 participants to experience acupuncture at the same time.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Networking Group

Staff Registration Required

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP) course at Wellness House are invited to participate in this monthly peer networking group.

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Reiki Share

Registration Required

This program is for Reiki practitioners of any level who have taken a Reiki For You class at Wellness House or with other teachers.

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Healthy Grocery Store Tour

Registration Required

During this one-hour tour, we will cover how to pick the right produce, product selection, label reading, and so much more!

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Gardening Safely and Sensibly for the Oncology Survivor

Registration Required

In this presentation, we will share tips for sensible garden planning, smart digging and lifting, friendly tools, and gardening warm-ups as well as ideas on how to help prevent common injuries to the back, knees and hands as we continue to heal.

 

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Bereavement Networking Group for Parental Loss

Drop-Ins Welcome

Join other bereaved adults (age 18 and older) who have lost a parent to cancer.

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Introduction to Music Therapy

Registration Required

Learn the benefits of music therapy and how to use it as another tool to help navigate through one’s cancer journey.

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Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You

Registration Required

Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment.

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Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

Learn to appreciate real, fresh foods and simple culinary principles for cancer prevention and survivorship.

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Chicago – Head and Neck Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Breakthroughs with Immunotherapy

Registration Required

Breakthroughs in immunotherapy to be discussed.

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Wellness Ongoing: Nutrition Discussion Group

Registration Required

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. Join this discussion group to
connect and share ideas with one another.

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Networking Group for Bereaved Dads of Young Children and Teens

Drop-ins Welcome

Please attend this group if you are a bereaved dad of kids from newborn through college-age and would like to benefit from the opportunity to exchange experiences, single dad parenting tips and support with others in the same situation.

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Date Night: Couple’s Cooking Class

Registration Required – Limited to 10 couples

Join us for this cooking class to focus on nourishing your body and relationship.

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Elmhurst Hospital – Mindfulness Meditation

Registration Required

Discover ways to live life more effectively in the present moment, even through difficult times.

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Mindful Journaling

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Learn to inhabit present moments, attend to senses, learn to shift awareness and decrease anxiety.

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Stress and Cancer – Neural Regulation of the Cancer Genome

Registration Required

This talk provides an update on what we have learned over the last decade in scientific research on stress and cancer.

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Mind, Body, and Soul Retreat: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Registration Required

Join Iliyana and Tabitha 200 RYT’s for one hour of Restorative Yoga where poses are healing and therapeutic.

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Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing.

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Understanding Sleep Disturbance and How to Combat It

Registration Required

This presentation focuses on explaining insomnia and other sleep problems as it relates to cancer treatment.

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Spring Garden Walks

Registration Required

Susan Beard guides participants on the Garden Walks and takes you through many of Hinsdale’s finest gardens.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation

Registration Required

Come enjoy the beauty and vibration of Crystal Singing Bowls.

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Summerfest Family Picnic

Registration Required

Come kick off the summer with an evening of food and fun for the whole family with fellow Wellness House families.

 

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Drawing Perspective Class

Registration Required

Learn to draw one and two point perspective with the value of light and dark using pencil.

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Hot Topics in Breast Cancer 2019

Registration Required for general session and two breakout sessions

Join us for the latest research on treatment for Breast Cancer.

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Online Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This program will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize or even prevent side effects of treatment.

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Ostomy Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

In this networking group, we invite participants with all cancer-related ostomy types to share support and information so that you can continue to live life to its fullest.

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Chicago – Smoothie Demonstration

Drop-ins Welcome

This presentation will give you a hands-on demonstration on how to make the perfect smoothie that is easy and healthy. Learn the benefits of smoothies and what makes them different from juices.

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IgniteHope Candle Workshop

Registration Required

In this interactive class, you will make a unique candle with messages of inspiration hidden throughout the wax.

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Kids Kamp

Registration Required

Join us for our annual Kids Kamp for kids ages 5 – 12. This is a great opportunity to participate in fun summer activities, meet other kids who have experienced cancer in the family, build confidence, and simply
HAVE FUN!

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