When Hal Livergood came to Provision for treatment of his prostate cancer, he was impressed by the brand new facility—“like coming into a resort,” he says. His doctor and personal research told him protons were the best treatment option for his disease.
There was just one problem.
“My doctor said, ‘You need to lose weight,’” Livergood says. Otherwise, treatment would not be an option.
Nobody wants cancer, but in the U.S. one in every two men and one in every three women will get it at some point in their lives.
February is National Cancer Prevention month, and although there are no guarantees—we all know those who have developed the disease through circumstances beyond their control—science has shown us that many cancer cases are preventable through practical, healthy lifestyle choices.
The Harvard School of Public Health estimates up to 75 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented, while the American Cancer Society declares about 60 percent of American cancer cases to be preventable.
Aging is a fact of life. So let’s talk about how to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible, making the most of our years. “Age is just a number.” On our Tanita scale it gives us a health age. It is very encouraging when that’s younger than our chronological age. However, it doesn’t take our blood pressure or cholesterol or stress level or sleep habits or lifestyle into account. It does, in fact, consider your weight, your percent of body fat, and your waist circumference. Now is a wonderful time to consider how your lifestyle can help improve your chronological age and improve your future.
To say cancer is a huge concern for many of us today is a tremendous understatement. Many have friends and family with some form of cancer or we may have had cancer ourselves. Everyone is touched by it in some way.
What gets Britton Leitch most excited is not when he gets to work with the university athletes that come to the Provision Health and Fitness Center. Or simply seeing a senior gain strength and mobility after a personal training session. Or putting a group of participants through their paces together. Or helping a new member work toward their New Year’s resolution.
What gets him most excited is that he gets to do it all. And in a very personal way.
An exercise and educational program for cancer survivors helps participants start the new year in the right way live with the goal of living healthy beyond cancer. The first class, held at Provision Health and Performance is next Thursday, Jan. 11.
Good lifestyle choices are always important. For those with a cancer diagnosis, they can be even more so.
It is critical to maintain the key activities that encourage good health throughout cancer treatment and after. Good habits such as physical activity and a healthy diet affect not only the outcome of treatment but the quality of life during and after treatment.