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This Week in Fitness: Exercise Can Save Lives in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

Exercise Can Save Lives in the Battle Against Breast Cancer. Read about this and more in This Week in Fitness.

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How One Woman’s Battle with Breast Cancer Helped Change the Course of Care

The following post is from Distuptive Women in Health Care blog by guest blogger Helen Durkin, JD. Helen is the Executive Vice President of Public Policy for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)—a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. She joined IHRSA in 1989 and developed the health club industry’s first government relations and legal service programs. She has served as the association’s director of public policy since 1999. In this leadership capacity, Durkin has succeeded in aligning IHRSA with the national effort to improve America’s health through healthy lifestyle choices and in promoting public policy that recognizes exercise as a key component of preventive health care.

I don’t know a single woman who isn’t terrified by the thought of breast cancer. But I did know a remarkable woman who was able to stare down that fear and turn it into something triumphant.

Shortly after receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer in 1993, Julie Main turned the news about her own health into a spark that motivated her to give strength and support to thousands of other women and their families. It’s a legacy that continues today in the Cancer Well-Fit™ Exercise Program she created in collaboration with the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara (California).

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