Nutrition and fitness are integral parts of any cancer treatment plan. Evidence shows that eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and sticking to a regular exercise plan helps to manage the side effects associated with cancer treatment and decreases the risk of cancer recurrence.
To help cancer survivors get on the right track toward a healthy lifestyle, we’ve created the FMH Fitness and Nutrition for Survivors (FANS) program. Participants receive personal assessments and customized exercise and nutrition plans from a team of qualified experts, all with experience and training tailored to working with cancer survivors. This unique program features:
- A one-on-one appointment with a certified lymphedema specialist
- Two sessions with a board certified and licensed dietitian
- 10 weeks of small group exercise and support from our certified cancer exercise trainer, located at FMH’s gym, ProMotion Fitness+
During a pilot program, FANS participants achieved the following results in a 10-week session:
- Lower resting blood pressure
- Average weight loss of 5 pounds
- 46.5% increase in lower body strength
- Improved upper and lower body flexibility (average of 3 inches)
- Decreased overall pain levels
- Decreased feelings of depression (average of 21% improvement)
- Better overall quality of life (average of 14.5% improvement)
“The FANS program helps cancer survivors establish a safe, medically supervised exercise plan, which rebuilds strength and stamina often lost during cancer treatment,” says Dr. Mark Goldstein of Monocacy Health Partners Oncology Care Consultants. “Beyond the physical benefits, we’re also seeing participants benefit from the social aspect of the FANS program.”
Today, the FANS program is focused on survivors of breast cancer, but we have plans to expand it to include survivors of other common cancers in the coming year.
We’re giving survivors the tools they need to renew a healthy lifestyle, and it’s all under one roof at FMH Crestwood. If you’re a survivor and interested in learning more about how fitness and nutrition can reduce your risk of cancer recurrence and improve your overall health, please call 240-215-1425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.