About the Healthy Steps Program

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By: Barbara Jenkins CLM, Lebed Healthy Steps instructor

What is Healthy Steps?

Healthy Steps is a gentle, therapeutic dance-based exercise program. It was developed by a cancer survivor for cancer survivors.

What are the benefits of Healthy Steps?

The benefits of Healthy Steps include:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Reduced fatigue
  • *"It keeps us energetic"
  • Improved balance
  • Strength and self-esteem.
  • * "It helps me integrate and feel one again".

What should I expect from a Healthy Steps class?

You can expect: 

  • Great moves and rhythms set to music from the classics, the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond 
  • A *"friendly atmosphere" where *"you can dance to lift your spirits" 
  • * "exercise at your own level of ability".

What is Healthy Steps like?

  • Blow bubbles, which leads into the lymphatic warm up.
  • 4 segments using dance moves to exercise the upper and lower body.
  • Strength training using light resistance bands.
  • Dance routine, followed by a cool-down.
  • Chairs are available for balance and rest.
  • * "It's a place to go and meet people in the same situation".

Class Details


The ELLICSR gym, in Toronto General Hospital.


Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00

Who are the instructors?

Barbara Jenkins and Stephanie Phan

I want to be part of this. How do I join?

Pick up a Healthy Steps package from the Princess Margaret Patient and Family Library or ELLICSR. Physician consent is required, complete all the forms and, call ELLICSR at 416-581-8620 for a start time.

*Denotes comments from present Healthy Steppers