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Promote the Benefits of Exercise to Cancer Patients and Survivors 

Cancer is a group of diseases that impacts nearly everyone on the planet—it is one of the leading causes of death globally, with 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths reported in 2012. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over the next two decades the incidence of cancer is expected to increase by 70%. In addition, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that there were 14.5 million cancer survivors as of 2014. 

Research has shown that healthy habits like physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer incidence, provide health and quality of life benefits during treatment, and reduce the risk of recurrence in remission. Physical activity in a health club has a number of benefits for people going through cancer treatment, as well as cancer survivors. 

Clubs provide a safe, supportive place for physical activity during treatment, offering a variety of options from mind-body classes to weight lifting. Having knowledgeable staff on hand—such as trainers and nutritionists—can help members undergoing treatment find solutions that work for them. Additionally, some clubs offer programs to cancer survivors to help them find their footing and return to a routine after treatment is completed. 

The October issue of “12 Months of Health Promotion” provides tips, ideas, and advice for catering your club’s services to cancer patients and survivors, and their families. 

This month’s resources include:  

  • 7 Things Your Club Can Do for Cancer Patients & Survivors
  • “Adding Exercise to Cancer Care: Using Medical Wellness Programs to Benefit Cancer Patients & Survivors”
  • “Case Studies in Cancer Programming”
  • Relevant articles and blog posts to read and share 

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IHRSA and the American Cancer Society Talk Healthy Eating and Active Living

Last week, more than 60 experts on nutrition, physical activity, and cancer advocacy met on Capitol Hill to discuss the effect that healthy lifestyle practices such as regular exercise and a healthy diet play in preventing and treating various forms of cancer.

The “Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions for Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Survivorship” seminar, co-convened by IHRSA, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), provided evidence-based community initiatives to reduce cancer risk and recurrence, increase quality of life, and improve cancer outcomes and overall health.  

The health club industry is increasingly involved in the connection between physical activity and cancer survivorship. In her opening remarks, Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s Executive Vice President of Public Policy, credited Julie Main with making this important connection. Main was a former IHRSA board member who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. During her treatment, Main stressed the importance of exercise as a solution to staying healthy. She later started the Cancer Well-fit program to help cancer survivors regain control of their health.

This program inspired many health clubs to start offering similar programming. During a panel highlighting some of these best practice approaches, Radka Willson, IHRSA member and past Julie Main Leader award recipient, spoke about her “Back to Life” cancer wellness program. The six-week program aims to help cancer survivors create their own personalized fitness program, lead a healthy lifestyle, and accelerate recovery.

The success of this program has been astounding, and IHRSA’s charitable arm, the IHRSA Foundation, is working toward continuing to bring evidence-based programs like the “Back to Life” program to IHRSA member clubs across the country.  

“IHRSA will continue to build the evidence base and implement best practices and advocacy solutions to help people get active,” said Amy Bantham, IHRSA’s Vice President of Government Relations and Health Promotion. “Collaboration among the nutrition, physical activity and cancer advocate communities is critical, and we look forward to working together to raise awareness and improve health outcomes.” 


The Need for Clubs: Greater than Ever Before!

Yesterday, they sounded the alarm once more.

A group of four eminent medical organizations published a report online in the journal Cancer that implicated obesity and lack of physical activity as factors contributing to the development of one-third of the new cancers that arise in the U.S. each year.

They are now as productive a carcinogen as smoking.

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