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Weekly fitness class taught by a Cancer Exercise Specialist

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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 20, 2015 At 06:00 PM

The National Cancer Institute reports that women diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher survival rate when they incorporate exercise into their lives. Fitness instructor Wendy Rosa is trying to help that exact group of women. 

"Nutrition, exercise helps your attitude. Helps you feel better, helps everything inside. There's tons of benefits," said Rosa. 

Rosa got the idea to begin the "Strength and Courage" class after her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer in December. 

"It was devastating. It took everything. It takes so much away from you that she asked me to do some sort of class to help me feel better," said  Rosa. 

Rosa then got certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and began the class. It is one hour and incorporates stretching, strength, light cardio, and yoga techniques.

"Class is geared around the people and how they feel. We start out with a nice warm up- all upbeat, fun, positive music," said Rosa. 

Rosa says that her best friend just underwent chemotherapy on Friday, and was tired at the start of class, but she pushed through it until he end. 

"She said she felt looser, better, had more energy at the end. That's the point of the class," said Rosa. 

The "Strength and Courage" class is held Mondays from 12-1 p.m. at the Western Greenwich Civic Center not he second floor. 

"It's a happy, happy, pretty room. That's what we are looking for. To add something nice, benefit them, and make them feel good," said Rosa. 

For more information on the class, visit

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