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The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness

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Healing Force: Kathryn Schmitz, PhD

By Lisa Haney

For cancer patients the medical advice about exercise used to be: Rest. Don't push yourself. Now, thanks to an international team of experts led by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has issued guidelines strongly endorsing exercise for cancer patients and survivors and begun certifying specialized cancer exercise trainers. A pioneer who has been researching the benefits of strength training for breast cancer survivors for more than a decade, Schmitz, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, says exercise improves quality of life and empowers women to reconnect with their bodies. "We're seeing physiological changes," she says, including improved strength and fitness, stronger bones, and decreased fatigue. Still, many oncologists are too focused on treating cancer to prescribe exercise. "The only way that cancer patients are going to get it is by demanding that their physicians give them access to it," Schmitz says. "The ACSM recommendations are a key first step in providing doctors with guidance and support."

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization: http://www.womenofmeans.org

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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