Supportive Classes

Arts in Medicine Rotating Classes (Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon)

UAB Arts in Medicine (AIM) seeks to transform the care environment and enhance well-being and healing through creative arts experiences for patients, their families, and staff. Integrating the arts into health care is proven to benefit patients and caregivers in the following ways:

  • Reduced stress
  • Reduction in perceived pain
  • Improved mood
  • Distraction from medical problems
  • Increased self-expression
  • Increased self-confidence

AIM offers programs that feature:

  • Dance and movement – led by Melissa Turnage
  • Visual art – led by Avivi Behel
  • Theatre arts – led by Cristal Brister
Healing Movement Classes (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.)

The UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center invites patients, their families, and caregivers to participate in healing movement classes, held each weekday this summer via Zoom. Led by experts, these sessions feature stretching and strengthening exercises for all fitness levels, plus education on topics related to cancer survivorship and well-being. The classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m., and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To learn more or to register for a class, please email OnealSupportServices@uabmc.edu.

Hungry for More – Cancer and Nutrition (the 3rd Monday of every month at noon)

Proper nutrition is very important for healing and recovery during and after cancer treatment. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect your taste, smell, and appetite and also may make it difficult to eat enough or for your body to absorb nutrients. Learn more about nutrition through these educational seminars.

Mindfulness Classes (Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.)

UAB Arts in Medicine (AIM) is excited to offer virtual mindfulness classes every Thursday. AIM seeks to transform the care environment and enhance well-being and healing through creative arts experiences for patients, their families, and staff. Integrating the arts into health care is proven to benefit patients and caregivers in the following ways:

  • Reduced stress
  • Reduction in perceived pain
  • Improved mood
  • Distraction from medical problems
  • Increased self-expression
  • Increased self-confidence

Sessions led by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk

Spiritual Health Sessions (Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.)

UAB Spiritual Health serves the diverse spiritual and/or emotional needs of all persons. The Spiritual Health team invites care recipients to identify and use their own unique resources for coping. We believe that healing can occur in the absence of cure. Some have described it as a sense of resolution or peace – that’s the impact of spiritual health.

Sessions led by Manager of Spiritual Health Damien Littlejohn

Tight-Knit Knitting Classes (Mondays beginning August 31 , 3-5 p.m. in Wallace Tumor Institute room 101)

Tight-Knit is a new knitting group open to all UAB oncology patients. Join us to learn a new craft and build a new community of support.

The group will be led by UAB Heersink School of Medicine student Sarika Mullapudi and volunteers from Blazing Hooks and Needles. No knitting experience is required, as Tight-Knit is open to all skill levels.

Supplies and instructions will be provided. However, if you already have yarn, needles, or projects that you are working on, feel free to bring them. Participants will be able to knit a variety of items (scarves, blankets, hats, and more), which they may keep or donate to hospital patients.

If you have questions about Tight-Knit, please contact Sarika at 281-954-1158 or email skmullap@uab.edu.

Virtual Yoga Classes (Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.)

UAB Arts in Medicine (AIM) offers virtual yoga classes every Wednesday. AIM seeks to transform the care environment and enhance well-being and healing through creative arts experiences for patients, their families, and staff. Integrating the arts into health care is proven to benefit patients and caregivers in the following ways:

  • Reduced stress
  • Reduction in perceived pain
  • Improved mood
  • Distraction from medical problems
  • Increased self-expression
  • Increased self-confidence

Sessions led by Kim Richardson

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