Daily exercise is important for everyone. This includes people who are actively fighting cancer or in survivorship. Exercise can provide a range of benefits, such as easing nausea, fatigue, and other side effects of treatment.

Find out how exercise can improve the quality of life for people fighting cancer or in survivorship.

Exercise During Cancer Treatment

Exercise can help manage nausea, fatigue, constipation, and other side effects of cancer treatment. Because exercise helps our minds and bodies work together better, it also can improve body image. Since people battling cancer might gain or lose weight, lose their hair, feel tired a lot, and have other adverse experiences, they tend to view themselves in a less positive light. Exercise can help these people become more aware of the bodies they inhabit and gain a stronger sense of control over what’s happening to them, which may lead to better outcomes.

Exercise During Survivorship

Exercise can help alleviate fatigue, nausea, weight management, and other issues during survivorship as well. It also addresses bone health for people who lost bones or are taking medication that takes away their bone density. Plus, exercise addresses muscle mass that helps keep bodies at the right weight to improve body image.

Exercise during cancer treatment and survivorship can act as medicine for the body. In a related manner, Chix 4 a Cause’s Gifts of Love program can act as salve for the soul. If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, get in touch with us. Learn more about our program at today.

Many COVID-19 restrictions finally are easing up. However, if you’re fighting cancer or in remission, you still may be spending more time at home than other people. Faced with ongoing social isolation, you might be feeling the increased urge to snack during the day. If this is the case, you want to stock your pantry with healthy foods to stay well during the pandemic and beyond.

From sweet to savory, here are some suggestions for nutritious snacks to keep in your home throughout your journey with cancer.

Choose snacks high in fiber and protein. They will keep you satisfied longer so you’re less likely to come back or overindulge. Examples include nuts, Greek yogurt, berries, muesli, and granola.

Peanut butter is a healthy option. Try it on celery, apples, whole wheat crackers, or a banana.

Include veggies in your snack options. A Caprese salad with tomato, mozzarella, and basil is a delicious choice. Cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be mixed with honey, vanilla, and a bit of cinnamon for a different flavor. You gain much more protein from this sweet snack than you would from ice cream.

Make smoothies in smaller portions. Include greens with a lot of omegas, such as avocadoes or hemp seeds. Make your smoothies calorie dense or light, depending on your needs. Get creative with the fruits and vegetables you add.

Fighting cancer requires emotional support from others. If you or someone you know is battling the disease, contact Chix 4 a Cause. Find out more about our Gifts of Love program at today.

Who: You, your family & friends, and Chix 4 a Cause

What: Our 16th annual fundraiser, Kickin’ & Sippin’

Where: Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center

3000 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit residents of Washington County, WI Enjoy live music and drinks as you purchase food from The Precinct Tap & Table, buy raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items, and shop from local vendors.

*Guest safety is our biggest priority. Ticket sales are limited to 25% of the venue capacity. Temperatures will be checked upon entry. Masks are required and will be provided.

The Jersey Girls perform at 5:30 pm. They are a powerful vocal trio that performs high-energy crowd pleasers and records original and cover music. The Jersey Girls perform everything that keeps your feet moving and your heart beating along. With hits from Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, JLO, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Spice Girls, Bee Gees, Queen, ABBA, Four Seasons and more, the Jersey Girls deliver a dazzling performance with beautifully arranged harmonies and solo features that keep you moving and singing along from the beginning until the end.

Illusion performs at 8:00 PM. They have been performing classic rock for 40 years. Most members were friends or friends of friends in high school. Illusion doesn’t take themselves too seriously and neither should you. Come out and have some fun!

Advanced tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or at the following West Bend businesses:

Westbury Bank, 200 S. Main Street

Jeff's Spirits on Main 821 S. Main Street

Tickets sold at the event are $30.

For an even better deal, volunteer to help at Kickin’ Sippin’! Receive free admission, a sweet t-shirt, and a special Chix 4 a Cause mask. Sign up today at:

We look forward to seeing you September 26!

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