Physical activity has been recommended by the National Cancer Institute to help reduce late effects of cancer and optimize healing and health throughout and after cancer treatment. Age appropriate physical activity has been shown to help both children and adults physically and emotionally. There can be social benefits as well when the physical activity occurs in a group setting.
Children’s Cancer Network Let’s Move Center and Programming offers inclusive, engaging, fun, age-appropriate physical activities in a clean, safe, positive 3,000 sq ft space. Our goal is to positively impact the thoughts, attitudes, habits, skills and confidence related to physical activity for a childhood cancer fighter at any stage of their treatment or recovery and each of their family members who choose to participate in these activities and programs.
The Let’s Move Center is bright, air conditioned (heated when appropriate), and filled with the opportunity for fun, connections, and activity of varying levels. State of the art electronics help with graphics, interactive or remote programming and music. Air hockey, foosball, ping pong, and skeeball are all free. Additional planned activities are coordinated by our Program Lead, Ben Gokee. There are many possibilities: pickleball, nerf gun wars, laser tag, marshmallow wars and even miniature golf are just a few of the possibilities. On the quieter side, art and craft activities are always available! And, remote connections are available for 20-30 minute intervals either at the hospital or at home during the day with CCN’s new Let’s Move at Home or Let’s Move at the Hospital Program.
Let’s Move Programs include:
- Seasonal day camps
- Open gym time
- After school activities
- Private reservations for immunosuppressed cancer fighters and their families
- Small group connections
- Family Fun Activities
- Movie Nights
- Parent’s Night Out