Guest blogger Vanessa Morley is a registered dietetic technician and writes health blogs for Everyday Health.
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Why Exercise Is So Important For Cancer Patients?
People diagnosed with colon cancer, mesothelioma or other types of cancer have traditionally been advised by their doctor to avoid exercising while being treated for the disease. However, recent studies have shown that cancer patients who exercise during cancer treatments are more likely to beat the disease than their sedentary counterparts. Doctors are now advising their cancer patients to get 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise each week, if possible. Those that are up to it should also include strength training and resistance exercises. Those who exercised before being diagnosed with cancer have a much better chance of beating the disease because their bodies are simply in better shape for the long, hard battle. A well-conditioned body tolerates radiation and chemotherapy better and treatments are less likely to be cut short because of fatigue and illness. However, it is never too late to begin an exercise program. While it may be difficult for cancer patients to begin exercising, it can add a positive spin to cancer treatments and make them feel more in control of their bodies.
Cancer patients who perform regular cardiovascular exercise such as biking, swimming or walking are less likely to suffer from debilitating fatigue during treatment. This is because exercise promotes red cell production, a major factor in fatigue during radiation and chemotherapy. When red blood cells are low, fatigue sets in and often requires medical attention. Chemotherapy can also cause cancer patients to lose bone density and muscle mass. Regular exercise such as strength training can reduce the loss of lean muscle tissue and weight bearing exercise such as running or race walking preserve bone density. Higher levels of lean muscle mass will help cancer patients maintain a normal body weight during treatment instead of wasting away. Improved bone density can help ward off fractures from bones that become brittle from radiation or chemotherapy.
People who are undergoing treatment for cancer should ask their doctor which types of exercise is best for them. Even making a few small changes to increase activity level is beneficial for cancer patients. Taking a walk after dinner, joining a yoga class or working in the garden will benefit cancer patients. The key to getting the most out of an exercise program is enjoying it and having fun. Many people find joining a gym provides positive social interaction that lifts their spirits. Wearing a pedometer around the house can also encourage taking more steps during the day.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Four Generations………….Children are born, traditions are passed and the love continues on! This statement means a lot more to me than the frame our family’s four generation picture is placed in. Not only because the love continues on, but the love of our healthy lifestyle continues on.
Allowing Children to Be Obesity is Child Abuse
Eradicating the Crime Requires Parents to Change
In regard to “childhood obesity” over feeding of children by parents and guardians is as being the same as under feeding. It is malnutrition. According to Stanford University Hospital (http://stanfordhospital.org/clinicsmedServices/COE/surgicalServices/generalSurgery/bariatricsurgery/obesity/effects.html) the health effects of obesity include high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, joint problems including osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, cancer, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and psychosocial problems. In effect the parent that lets a child become obese has sentenced the child to a life of pain and an early death.
Over feeding is child abuse. The reflexive way of dealing with the problem is simple – recognize over feeding children as a form of malnutrition under law and then suitably punish the parents. Fines, community service, and jail time should wake them up.
But there are complications. In former times if a child refused to eat what was given to them as a proper dinner they either where told that what they to eat was it. If they whined about it they got smacked, no desert, or maybe sent to bed without dinner or maybe all three. Parents are justifiably worried about punishing their children for anything. Recently a Palm Bay woman and her boyfriend were arrested for child abuse after the couple went old school to punish their 8-year-old daughter for swearing. They had washed her mouth out with soap.
Wide spread school busing is another problem. Children don’t even get to walk to school and back. The child’s school day starts at with an hour ride on the school bus. This is followed with 6 hours of sitting in school and then there is another hour ride home. Parents are at the bus stop with their SUVs to pick up the children to drive them home. So the children have spent 8 of 16 waking hours sitting for school. It is home to snacks, TV/video game sitting, etc. In my suburban community I have only seen children outside playing when there was a power outage. If you ask an adult , “What’s you favorite sport?” In the majority of cases they will reply with some sport that they watch on TV while they eat and drink. The children follow the example of the parents. Again responsibility goes back to the parents. They set up the school system. They elect the school boards. They watch TV at home.
Physical education in schools is mostly a joke, if it exists at all. At best it is semi-structured play time. Teachers are not allowed to disciple the children either. So if they don’t want to run or do push-ups, “It’s OK. What’s important is that they feel good about themselves.” The situation get completely horrible by university where sports programs are sacrificed to support the football and basketball teams. The majority of the young adults are essentially pushed into being watchers in the bleachers. Rutgers University stadium in NJ cost $102 million and a $1,000,000/year football coach was hired. Olympic sports and academic programs were canceled to pay for it all.
An University of Michigan study, http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.speregen/physical_education_and_school_performanc, stated
Despite the wealth of knowledge concerning the benefits of physical education and physical activity, only 8% of elementary schools, 6.4% of middle schools, and 5.8% of high schools provide daily physical education to all of its students …. In addition, 20 percent of all elementary schools in the U.S. have abolished recess in favor of increased classroom time under pressure to improve student achievement …. Less than 25% of children are engaged in 30 minutes of any type of daily physical activity …. Even when physical education programs are in place, most students are not engaged in vigorous physical activity for the majority of their class time …. It is estimated that boys only spend about 18 minutes engaged in moderate and vigorous activity and girls spend about 16 minutes …. These statistics are disappointing and are resulting in negative outcomes in health and school performance for America?s children. Many parents and educators are probably wondering: Why are we neglecting the health needs of our children?
So why are the children obese? It is because of the choices made by the parents. So in order to tackle the problem child focused programs are bound to fail. Parental behavior must be changed. Promote things like family play, family workout, and the like. Promote healthy family eating patterns. Push to expand PE programs in the schools even if it means cutting big time sports programs.
Big time sports are favored by some; let them fund the football, basketball, and the like. Since high schools and colleges provide the talent for the professional drafts let the professional teams pay for it. Let the NFL, NBA, and MLB put up money to support high school and university teams.
The Chicken Nugget Challenge
“But I can’t get my child to eat veggies. All he wants is chicken nuggets.”
Getting children to eat healthy can be a challenge at times. However, a parent must always remember that he or she is responsible for teaching a child about healthy living. In fact, the biggest contributor to childhood obesity is the parents’ lifestyle. As a nutrition coach, I devote my time to helping parents develop healthy eating habits in order to establish a good example their children will follow. Those who neglect teaching their children a healthy lifestyle are
setting them up to become overweight, chronically sick, or diabetic as adults. While it isn’t always easy to convince a child to choose broccoli over chicken nuggets, the effort is worth it in the long-run.
Youth Obesity Isn’t the Problem!
1 out of every 3 children in the U.S. is considered overweight or obese according to the Center for Disease Control. Obesity however is just a symptom of a much bigger problem.
Are you aware of what’s going on in the trenches? Are you paying attention to your child? The following are real life examples of the current culture:
Take Advantage of Your Metabolism
By Greg Justice, MA
Obesity. It’s a word that strikes fear in millions, anger in millions more, and depression in more than ten percent of the U.S. population. At this moment, more than one-third of U.S. adults are clinically obese. There are a number of different ways to measure whether or not someone is obese, but it is classified as when an excess of body fat starts to have a chance of causing adverse medical conditions. Obesity has been linked to type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, and a variety of other medical issues that all contribute to a lower overall life expectancy.
Thank you very much for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of kid’s across America.
Together, we can change the trend that is literally killing America. Aside from the obvious benefits of decreasing incidents of cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke, we can make a difference in the financial future of America.
GAFF is gearing up to make a huge statement! We are determined to make a difference in the obesity epidemic in America. How will you help?