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Ask the Expert: Promoting Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors

  • Event Summary

    Physical activity not only prevents cancer, but can also prevent recurrence of certain cancers and reduce the likelihood of premature death and adverse health effects of cancer treatment. However, in 2009, about one-third of survivors had not participated in any physical activity in the past 30 days.

    What can public health and cancer control stakeholders do to promote physical activity among survivors?

    Learn about LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and wellbeing following a cancer diagnosis, and discuss ways to leverage strategies and resources to offer the program or cancer survivor services in your communities.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the history, evidence and offering of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a program that helps adult cancer survivors improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life.

    2. Describe the benefits and outcomes of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA as told by a survivor participant.

    3. Identify methods and resources to promote LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA to survivors and stakeholders.

    Note: Space is limited. Registration is mandatory for participation

    Register: https://smhs.gwu.edu/cancergate/events/ask-expert-promoting-physical-activity-cancer-survivors-livestrong%C2%AE-ymca

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    The intended audiences of the webinar are public health and comprehensive cancer control professionals and stakeholders interested in learning from peers.

    Experts:

    Heather Hodge is the senior director for evidence-based health interventions at YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). In this role, Heather provides leadership and direction for the Y’s national infrastructure to support the scaling, dissemination, and oversight of evidence-based programs, like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, through public/private partnerships which requires strict adherence to program standards of performance.

    Cameron Krier Massey has more than a decade of federal healthcare policy experience in the government and private sector. As the former director of government relations and program affairs at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and currently a consultant, she leads the organization’s federal policy agenda and the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA partnership. Prior to her work at LIVESTRONG, she served as vice president of federal affairs, advocacy and public policy at the Texas Hospital Association (THA) and legislative counsel for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, where she was an advisor on health, education and labor policy. Cameron holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health.