Dancers Embrace Road to Recovery Exercise Program – Logan City Council

Renata Hammond (left) and Sherryl McIntyre will share their journeys with breast cancer and their love of the City of Logan’s Active and Healthy program at a special open house this month.

Published: October 12, 2022

A dance troupe from the town of Logan promotes exercise to heal body and mind.

Renata Hammond leads local belly dancing classes as part of the Logan City Council’s Active & Healthy program.

Regents Park resident Sherryl McIntyre is one of her students in the weekly class at Logan Central Community Center.

The couple share a special bond as they are both receiving treatment for breast cancer after being diagnosed a month apart earlier this year.

As they undergo treatments, including numerous rounds of chemotherapy, the dynamic duo haven’t stopped dancing.

Classes are an important part of their recovery, providing a support network and space to heal.

Renata said she wanted to highlight how exercise, especially belly dancing, can help people with different health conditions because it’s gentle and uses core muscles.

“It’s people from all walks of life and all cultures, all ages and all shapes coming together,” she said.

“You can see their transformation. They are starting to take advantage of it, which is really gratifying for me.

Renata said it was important to recognize the different types of breast cancer and the different ages and backgrounds of those diagnosed.

Dance members will participate in an open house on Saturday, October 22 at Kingston’s Butter Factory Cultural District to promote the Council’s Active and Healthy program.

It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with free activities to try including yoga, tai chi, dance for kids, gentle exercise, foot walk, Zumba GOLD and Pilates.
City Lifestyle President, Councilor Laurie Koranski, said the day would give people the opportunity to experience some of the great activities of the Active and Healthy program while supporting a major fundraiser.

“It’s wonderful to hear that Renata and Sherryl have had such an uplifting experience through the program,” said Cr Koranski.

“I’m sure they are also an inspiration to others on how exercising and staying active can have immeasurable benefits in so many ways.

“Our Active and Healthy program provides residents with access to over 100 free or low-cost physical activity, health and wellness programs and I encourage everyone to get involved.

The open house will also raise funds for the Mater Foundation’s Chicks in Pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Active and Healthy classes are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, gender, mobility or work schedule.

Cooking and nutrition, environment, fitness and sport, gentle movement and well-being and classes for children and families are given pride of place.

Further information on the open day, program booklet and registration forms can be downloaded at logan.qld.gov.au/healthy

Copies are also available by emailing [email protected], calling 3412 3412 or from Logan Libraries or the Council’s Customer Service Centers in Logan Central, Beenleigh or Jimboomba.

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Ryan H. Bowman