Fitness Clubs, Health Clubs and Gyms
Fitness clubs, health clubs and gyms can really be where the rubber hits the road, for those people living with cancer who prefer this kind of environment. Many don’t, often because they are older, have special needs, or really prefer a walking program that keeps them close to home.
For the cancer population, the gym is not only a place to get much-needed exercise, it can also be a tremendous source of motivation, and of camaraderie where a person can affiliate with other people in an organized or an informal program, and this can be a welcome retreat from daily stress.
If you own or manage a health club or gym and are inclined to start or grow a program to help people living with cancer, you’ll probably end up being surprised at how valuable the service will be not just for the program participants, but for the wider community as well.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Sunflower Wellness began its life as a spin-off from the IMPACT program, begun in 2003 by Western Athletic Clubs, a San Francisco-based health and fitness corporation with a real eye toward bringing fitness to underserved populations. That foundation inspired a whole raft of people at the club to begin to exercise, and gave rise to a dedicated group of trainers.