The BCPC has donated funds to begin research on the impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques have on quality of life for breast cancer survivors. The research includes whether recurrence rates can be reduced through lifestyle changes five to ten years after the program The BCPC funds will be used to offer a program called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA in the Georgia Regents University (GRU) Wellness Center. This is a twelve-week, small group physical fitness program designed for adult cancer survivors.
In the past, breast cancer survivors have usually been told “see you in six months or a year”. It has been up to each individual to decide if there is anything she or he can do to help prevent a recurrence. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA offers support to cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life.
“In my case, I googled ways to build my immune system and read about the importance of adding daily exercise to my schedule. I also made changes to my diet to add more nutritional foods. Praise God, I am 13 years cancer free! I am sad to say that many survivors don’t have the time or figure they have no means to improve their health. They just wait for the next visit to their Oncologist.” Nita Zachow, BCPC President
Now, cancer survivors can be proactive regarding their health by participating in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Doctors at GRU are supporting physical activity with qualified instructors. The program includes a pre- and post-test of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Thus far, the average participant has seen up to 50 percent improvement!
The BCPC-funded program is targeted at breast cancer survivors. It is free and includes a three month complimentary membership to the Family Y. Participation is by self-referral with physician permission.
We need partipcants!