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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

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2018 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Resources and Educational Session Links

Jul 01, 2018

The 2018 Seeds of Hope - Art of Healing: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind on Sunday, June 10, 2018 was a busy event with a prominent guest key note speech, theater production, 3 educational sessions, 17 activities/demos and 36 educational booths- representing Kaiser Permanente and their community-based programs, with the hopes of sharing resources that support cancer patients and caregivers during their cancer journey.  This year’s program focused on sleep, fatigue, memory, and attitude, as well as other areas of cancer rehabilitation and prevention.


For those who missed the educational sessions, or would like to view them again, please click on the links below.

  • Attitude is Everything or Cancer Sucks, so Let’s Have Fun
    Encore performance of an act that was debuted last year and featured in the Mercury News by a professional actor/comedian and cancer survivor.
    Speaker: Michael Riley, Moderator: Lucy Song, MD (Medical Oncology, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara)
  • It’s Like Night and Day, Managing Sleep and Fatigue
    Fatigue can be even more distressing than pain and nausea. Learn about the difference between fatigue and tiredness and how to use your energy and get better sleep.
    Speaker: Dianne Shumay, PhD, Moderator: Oliver Sum-Ping, MD (Sleep Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Jose)
  • Food and Mood
    A whole-food, plant-based diet is a power house of cancer-fighting nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. Learn how to harness the power of food, reduce your risk of developing cancer or cancer recurrence, promote overall health, and improve your mood.
    Speaker: Anzonette Pittet, RD, Moderator: William Wong, MD (Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Redwood City)
  • How to Clear that Brain Fog
    “Brain fog” often involves memory problems, a lack of mental clarity and an inability to focus. Though these are common symptoms associated with aging, they can be worsened by the cancer and its treatment. Find out ways to manage and improve these symptoms.
    Speaker: Dianne Shumay, PhD, Moderator: Perry Maliuanag, MD (Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara)

Our Seeds of Hope Day has always been about celebrating and helping our survivors thrive by providing resources to maximize their recovery from their treatments and promoting healthy survivorship. In 2018, eight important MIND BODY ZONES were showcased for the participants to experience towards a healthier body and mind, as seen below.

  • Movement
    Experience the healing benefits of laughter yoga. Join our team of physical and occupational therapists, as well as Tai Chi & Zumba instructors
  • Rest and Calm
    Meet with our sleep specialists and psychiatric oncologist about issues with sleep, fatigue and other brain functions
  • Beauty and Skin Care
    Treat yourself by heading over to the Refreshed Skin Therapy for skin consultations, ACS Look Good Feel Better, Next Step, or hair restoration booth
  • Creativity
    Be inspired by other cancer survivor’s art and learn to channel your creativity at the art therapy booth. Learn how knitting can both be a creative outlet and relaxing activity at Fiber Arts
  • Attitude, Gratitude, Spirituality, and Hope
    Find tips on how to practice gratitude and to discover the impact that spirituality, attitude and hope can add to enrich your lives
  • Nutrition and Cancer Prevention, Emotions, and Heart Health
    Interact with our nutrition experts about achieving the proper nutritional balance as well as our complementary and integrative medicine specialists and pharmacists about nutritional supplements
  • Symptom Management
    Alleviate symptoms with the Pain and Relief, Acupuncture, Oral Care, Chair Massage, Reiki, and Memory booths and activities
  • Cancer Prevention and Education
    Control factors that can lead to multiple cancers such as HPV related head and neck cancers to liver cancer


  • Acupuncture
    Meet with our certified acupuncturists to learn about how acupuncture promotes the flow of vital life energy (called “qi” or “chi”) and how stimulating key points in the body can help manage the side effects of cancer treatment.
  • All About Sleep
    Talk to a sleep specialist and learn how to get a good night’s rest
  • Clinical Trials
    Kaiser Permanente is an active and leading participant in several national cooperative trials. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has identified Kaiser Permanente as an NCI Community Oncology Research Program. Santa Clara Medical Center is recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO for improving cancer care through high-quality clinical trial programs. Learn about available clinical trials at Kaiser San Jose and Santa Clara and how participation can improve care standards.
  • Complementary and Integrative Medicine
    Learn ways to use non-traditional healing approaches and techniques that help with coping and symptom management to improve wellness and quality of life
  • Food is Medicine - Healthy Eating and Weight Management 
    How does food affect my mood? What are the benefits of a plan-based diet?  How does weight help reduce risk of cancer?  Learn from dieticians which foods are most nutritious and how to build healthy, balanced meals
  • Genetics
    The genes you are born with may contribute to your risk of developing certain types of cancer. We can help you understand your risk for disease.
  • Gratitude, Hope, and Spirituality Studies
    show that people who are more grateful exercise more, sleep better, and have better immune function.  Spirituality is about connecting with what’s meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit.  Practicing these improves your overall mood and attitude.
  • Heart Health
    Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack? Some are not as obvious as you’d think. Learn about preventive care for heart health as well as how to manage your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight.
  • Life Care Planning
    Peace of mind comes from knowing that your values and wishes are honored in health care decisions.  Get information on how to make and advance health care directive and if you have one, a notary public will be available to acknowledge your form.
  • Memory/Neurocognitive
    Learn ways to sharpen your memory and concentration by speaking to experts and learning exercises that you can do to boost your memory. Find out about clinical trials to help with chemo brain.
  • Mind Body Wellness and Health Education
    Our Health Education Department has resources and programs to help you maintain and improve your health and wellness. Learn how this team of health professionals can help you achieve and maintain lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, exercise, and stress management to take care of yourself and loved ones.
  • Oral Care
    Dental and oral care specialists can help with prevention and a faster recovery from treatment impacting that area
  • Pain and Relief
    Learn to navigate the myriad of options available for symptom management for a better quality of life
  • Peer Support and Mentor Program
    Come visit our licensed clinical social worker to learn more about this newly developed program to support members with cancer.
  • Pet Therapy Team and Volunteer Services
    Come meet the pets that help to cheer up our patients through their cancer treatment and ways that you can participate in our volunteer services
  • Pharmacy and Natural Medicines
    Learn from our pharmacists about supplements and possible interactions with your current medications
  • Rehabilitation Services Zone  
    We have specialists who can help manage lymphedema and get your questions answered about anything from compression garments to getting set up with a specialized rehabilitation program that fits your needs
  • Prevention and Cancer Education Zone
    After diagnosis and treatment for cancer, it is even more important to keep up with screenings for other cancers.
    - Colorectal cancer -including the “Colon Experience” Inflatable tunnel
    - HPV related cancer and HPV Vaccination
    - Liver cancer and Hepatitis
    - Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health- including the “Prostate Experience” Inflatable tunnel
    - Skin Cancer Awareness
    - Smoking related cancers- and ways to stop smoking
    - Breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer and Women’s Health 


  • American Cancer Society
    Check out our Look Good Feel Better demonstration table and get information about prevention, treatment, and survivorship as well as programs such as Road to Recovery (transportation), Reach to Recovery (breast cancer support), and I Can Cope.             
  • Asian American Cancer Support Network (Not Available - but 2018 Kids Fun Zone Sponsor)
    Learn about the educational, supportive, and diverse network of resources available to not only Asian-Americans, but to everyone. Check out the limited edition survivorship gift basket.
  • Bay Area Cancer Connections
    Dedicated to providing compassionate support and comprehensive information to those affected by breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
  • Cancer Care Point
    Provides hope and help for individuals and families in Silicon Valley whose lives are touched by cancer. They provide a vast array of programs and classes including imagery, massage therapy, yoga, nutrition consults, and support groups, as well as transportation and financial resources.
  • Forest Bathing
    Learn from a certified forest therapy guide about Shinrin-yoku, a practice that started in Japan of “forest bathing” by slowing down and becoming immersed in nature.  This has been shown to boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and stress, improve mood and energy
  • Hair Restoration
    Located next to Hair Donation
    Join Farzana as she demonstrates the latest in hair replacement technology for both men and women who suffer from alopecia, balding and thinning hair. 
  • JW House
    A place where families can find hope, support and vital resources while their loved ones is in the hospital.
  • Knitted Knockers
    Special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.  You can also donate or volunteer to be a knitter.
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
    Largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
  • Living Strong Living Well
    Is a twelve-week small-group strength and fitness training program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease.  Their goal is to help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength; increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability and quality of life.  Research is now showing that physical activity may decrease recurrence and increase survivorship for cancer patients.  This program is available at no cost to participants. 
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
    A nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients, and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
  • Parks and Recreation
    Come and learn about the variety of recreation programs and services as well as Santa Clara’s 38 parks, playgrounds and open space totaling nearly 450 acres in Santa Clara.
    - Santa Clara Parks and Recreation
    - San Jose Parks and Recreation
  • Project Hired
    Guides job seekers with disabilities to find and sustain meaningful employment through an array of services designed to remove barriers, create opportunities, and help participants build successful careers.
  • The Next Step
    A woman’s boutique established to accommodate the special needs of women who have experience breast cancer   


  • Art Therapy/Fiber Arts
    Come visit our Art Gallery and create some art yourself, and learn how knitting can be relaxing. Also learn about the role that music can play
  • Chair Massage
    Relax with a chair massage delivered by the massage therapists from the National Holistic Institute.
  • Games
    Challenge your knowledge and win at multiple booths and activities
  • Gratitude Tree
    Help to decorate the Gratitude Tree with things that you are grateful for and find ways to express and practice gratitude.
  • Healthy Foods
    Reward your taste buds with a multitude of healthy foods located around the event
  • Hair Donation
    Donate your long hair, and receive a complementary haircut and style by one of our stylists.
  • Kid's Fun Zone
    Arts and Crafts by Sophies Stress Free
  • Memory Activities
    Learn about useful apps and activities to help with our memory
  • Mindful Meditation (12, 12:45, 1:30, and 2:15 p.m.)
    Learn to experience life fully, as it unfolds moment by moment.
  • Mobile Health Van
    Provides wellness to your worksite by having easy access for routine health care and preventative care. Mobile way to get healthy and stay healthy
  • Photo Booth
    Capture the moment with friends, family, staff, and fellow cancer survivors
  • Refreshed SkinTherapy
    Aestheticians will be available for mini makeovers, with tips for taking care of your skin as well as skin consultations
  • Reiki (sign up early for 15-minute sessions between 12-3:45)
    Massage masters utilize a series of hand positions to help promote stress reduction and relaxation.
  • Sharkie (12 to 1 p.m.)
    San Jose Shark’s Mascot
  • Survey and Give Away (12 to2:55 p.m.)
    Turn in your survey before 2:55 pm to redeem your gift and to enter raffle drawing at 3:15 pm
  • Tai Chi (12 to 3 pm every 30 min)
    This simple, gentle, flowing movement reduces stress and increases balance, inner peace, and flexibility.
  • Yoga (Laughter Yoga) (12, 12:45, 1:30, and 2:15 p.m.)
    Laughter yoga is a marriage between the art of laughter and the science of breathing.  There are many health benefits in this unique exercise routine not only in reducing stress, but helps to enhance the immune system and works as a pain reliever.
  • Zumba (12:30, 1:15, 2:00, and 2:45 p.m.)
    Latin inspired dance fitness program with infectious music and easy to follow dance moves that will tone and strengthen your body

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