Mercy Health & Fitness Center’s Program Just for Cancer Survivors
Most medical research, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Report on Physical Activity, agrees that exercise is a large part of improving and maintaining one’s health. Similar research now supports many of these same activities for individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
As you may be well aware, there are potentially many side effects to cancer treatment such as fatigue, nausea, loss of strength/flexibility, weight gain, anxiety and depression. Exercise can help you return to your life and all of its activities. Studies have shown that patients participating in a routine exercise program can experience improvement of their strength by up to 50 percent, aerobic capacity up to 60 percent, and a general improvement of their quality of life.
Mercy’s Cancer WellFit offers:
- Cancer-specific exercise program, not a general “one size fits all” approach
- Fully educated and trained fitness staff that understand the special needs of cancer patients
- Ability of participants to work out with others with similar conditions
- Access to other professionals, e.g. Registered Dietitian, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and staff from the Mercy Cancer Center
- A chance to take control of your life
The Cancer WellFit Program offers the following program options:
- Cardiovascular fitness/strength program
- Aquatic programs
The fees associated with these options vary. Please call Mercy’s Health Fitness Center at 330-966-8997 for more information or a tour of our facility.
How to Join
Before joining the Center, you need to seek a referral from your physician or oncologist (Download Physician Referral Form). Then call the Health Fitness Center at 330-966-8997 to make an appointment for an initial intake assessment and orientation.