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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Hospital Offers Exercise Program for Cancer Patients

Paul Oliver Offers Exercise Program for Cancer Patients
Program helps those battling the disease to maintain perspective

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital this fall will continue to offer cancer patients an opportunity to actively oppose the disease.

A free 10-week exercise program at Betsie Hosick Health and Fitness Center helps cancer patients maintain perspective as they battle the disease and try to return to a normal life. Medical literature also indicates that exercise can be helpful in boosting the immune system.

One-hour sessions will be held at the Betsie Hosick Health and Fitness Center two times a week from 11 am – noon starting Sept. 17 – Nov. 21.

“Our Journey Program is carefully designed to help patients use their bodies again and regain confidence in transitioning back to a life after cancer,” said Jean Mahoney, a certified personal training and cancer exercise specialist. She will lead the program along with Jessie Carland, a certified personal trainer.

People eligible for the program include newly diagnosed cancer patients, those who are undergoing treatment, those in remission, and cancer survivors who are up to two years post treatment. The first 10 people to register will be accepted into the program and scheduled for an initial assessment prior to the program’s first session.

“Participants will need to complete their health history and waiver as well as have their physician sign the release form,” Mahoney said. “They should return their paperwork to Betsie Hosick Health and Fitness Center.”

The program is sponsored jointly by Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital and Betsie Hosick Health and Fitness Center as a community service.

For more information, contact Mahoney at (231) 383-0153, Carland at (231) 352-9661 or email thejourneyprogram@gmail.com.