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Barnesville Hospital Offers Free Exercise Class for Cancer Survivors

A free six week exercise class, Bridging the Gap, designed specifically for cancer survivors will begin on February 14th at Barnesville Hospital. This one hour class will meet at 1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Barnesville Medical Center Lower Level, 100 Hospital Drive, Barnesville, directly behind the hospital.

Barnesville Hospital received funding through the American Cancer Society Virginia Gasaway Community Investment Grant to have a hospital physical therapist and an exercise physiologist certified specifically regarding the exercise needs of cancer patients and survivors. Raquel McGee and Vicki Burghy will lead the classes.

I am thrilled we are able to bring this class to Barnesville and grateful to the American Cancer Society for the funding which made it possible, said Joann Barylak, R.N., Barnesville Hospital and Volunteer, American Cancer Society. This class will be a wonderful opportunity for cancer survivors to participate in a basic exercise class designed specifically for them.

Research has demonstrated that exercise can reduce fatigue, improve self esteem, strength, and flexibility. Participants will be allowed to progress at their own pace.

Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 740-425-5158 to register and for additional information. This class will be offered again so feedback regarding times that best meet the needs of area residents are appreciated.