Hiking For Life NYC 2015:
Now recruiting Hikers, Sponsors & Volunteers for Our Spring Fundraiser!

On Sunday, May 31st, hike with us in person or remotely...

Moving For Life cordially invites you to join  Hiking-For-Life NYC 2015, a hike-a-thon on May 31st to support free Moving For Life classes in NYC hospitals.  This year, Hiking-For-Life-ers will once again join Green Gym Day's* magical journey through New York City's finest green spaces. Come explore the cliffside parks of northern Manhattan, traversing a total of 6 parks over 6 miles of breathtaking views of both the East and Hudson Rivers. You may choose to hike a portion or all of the inspiring trek.

Along the way, Moving For Life will lead health-giving stretches and Green Gym Day will teach you how to turn any park into a green gym. All hikers will receive a Green Gym Morningside Fitness Map & Moving For Life Button. Hiking-For-Life-ers reaching sponsorship minimums recieve fun, limited-edition MFL goodies (see below for details.) Top off the day with a visit to the Cloisters or have brunch in Fort Tryon Park. To join as a fundraising hiker, you may register online  or register by mail. If you'd just like to hike for fun, please RSVP online or RSVP by email by May 23rd. Everyone is welcome to hike with us; so tell all your friends and family! 

Happy Trails, 
Moving For Life

*Special thanks to Nancy Bruning (MFL Associate Instructor & Green Gym Day Founder), for inviting Hiking-For-Life to be part of Green Gym Day, an official community event of OutdoorFest 2015.​

  • Individual Hiker - To sign up and fundraise online click here. To register by mail: Download & return the Hiker Registration Form and Hiker Pledge Form.
  • Hiking Team - To sign up and fundraise online click here. To register by mail: Download & return the Hiker Registration Form and Hiker Pledge Form for each member on your team.
  • Remote Hiker - To sign up and fundraise online click here. To register by mail: Download & return the Hiker Registration Form and Hiker Pledge Form.
  • Sponsor - To sponsor a hiker online, click here. To sponsor by mail: Download & return the Sponsorship/Donation Form
  • Donor - To donate via PayPal (this saves us approximately 5% in fees), click here. To donate by mail: Download & return the Sponsorship/Donation Form.
  • Volunteer - We need co-leaders, sign posters and removers, registration assistance, merchandise sellers and documentarians. For details, click here.
  • Cheerleader - RSVP for free and show up on May 31st with your cheery self, like us on Facebook and post your pics there too!

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Moving For Life Dance To Recovery DVD (English or Spanish)

What's  Class Like? 

Through accessible instruction class members can learn the anatomical and exercise knowledge to take control of their post-treatment healing and become as active as possible:
  • Class begins with an easy breath-based warm-up and stretching—safely increasing the range of movement in the arms and legs. Next, explore breathing and movement exercises that are specially designed to reduce swelling (lymphedema).
  • Then, reduce fatigue by dancing actively to upbeat music. Work up a sweat and awaken and enliven bodies and spirits instilled with whimsy. Build strength using weights and therabands or one's own body weight.
  • Some sequences challenge the brain - helping to fight the effects of mental fog and confusion.
  • Each session comes to a close with a relaxing stretching sequence and an community dialogue about new feelings and resources.
  • Every class member receives personalized instruction and is guided to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of all part of the body (helping body image and self-respect).
  • Upbeat music and free movement serves as an antidote to depression, doing so with others counteracts isolation.

Program Designer 

Dr. Eddy designs internationally acclaimed exercise and dance programs for specialized health needs. She is a recognized
leader & published author in movement science, dance education, fitness, & somatic education - body-mind awareness. She integrates her expertise from Teachers College Columbia University as an exercise physiologist with her years of teaching with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OT and Irmgard Bartenieff, PT. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) practicing Dynamic Embodiment, an approach to movement therapy that she created in 1991 and is affiliated with her work at SUNY-Empire State College. Her BA is in Dance Education from Hamsphire College, and her masters and doctorate is from Columbia University in Movement Science and Education. Among her programs are others for children: Eye Openers DVD focuses on Attention Issues, Peaceful Play Programming on Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention, and Relax to Focus on neuro-motor interventions for children with special needs. She is currently developing neuromotor assessment for schools, and applying her expertise to programming for children on the austism spectrum. She lectures internationally & has a private practice in NYC. She developed Moving For Life DanceExercise for Cancer Survivors in 1999 after her mom passed from cancer. MFL is a scientifically based self-caring fitness workout especially designed for cancer patients, combining a gentle warm-up, easy yoga, light aerobics, and targeted strengthening. MFL has been operative in NYCs major hospitals, has a stellar medical advisory council, and has published research on its effectiveness.  Dr. Eddy's specialized expertise in cancer recovery and MFL's Dance to Recovery DVD have been featured on NPR, CNN, NBC Today, NY1 and CBS news. 

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What Makes Moving For Life Different?

Expert Teachers

Many MFL teachers have 15+ years experience. They provide easy to follow, personalized instruction, and understand the cancer experience many are survivors themselves. Learn More

Medical Oversight

MFl is endorsed by surgeons, oncologists, psychologists, exercise/dance experts & consultants on our Advisory Council.

Holistic Approach

Everyone is encouraged to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of the body. Classes are specially designed to address the affects of cancer treatment - radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgery.
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Affordable and Free Offerings

Moving For Life classes offered by hospitals are on the most part free. Foundation grants and donors support our community classes with reputable agencies (Gilda's Club and SHARE CancerSupport). We also offer low-priced classes in local wellness and physical therapy centers.


Classes are offered in most boroughs of New York City. There are also classes on Long Island, New Jersey and California (in the Bay Area). New classes will be starting soon in Vancouver. Keep an eye open for classes starting up in Ohio as well as in Denmark, Norway, Holland and Tokyo! Contact us to develop programming in your area. ​

Testimonials and Support

"Moving For Life provides a safe and joyous place to move your body. You leave the class relaxed and energized, and with the feeling that everything's going to be alright."

-Nancy Bruning, MPH, movement educator, author of "Coping With Chemotherapy" and 24 other books.

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