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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program Shows Significant Gains for Cancer Survivor Participants

CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Cancer survivors who participated in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program exhibited improvements in physical activity, fitness and quality of life, according to research conducted by Drs. Melinda Irwin of Yale Cancer Center and Jennifer Ligibel, MD, senior physician in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The findings will be presented at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The study, designed to assess the impact of the 12-week LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, included 186 participants and specifically evaluated quality of life, physical activity and fitness. Participants experienced significant increases in physical activity (75 percent exercising a minimum of 150 minutes/week vs. 25 percent for the control group); and improvements in both overall quality of life and fitness performance (according to a six-minute walk test). The participants had been diagnosed with stages I-IV of cancer, of which 50 percent had breast cancer. In addition, at the outset of the program, the majority of the participants had been inactive.

“We were so pleased to be able to show the improvement in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA’s participants after committing to this program of physical activity,” said Drs. Irwin and Ligibel. “We look forward to an opportunity to show longer term and wider effects – hoping to prove that the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program could provide a platform to increase physical activity in thousands more cancer survivors around the country.”

The study will be presented at ASCO as part of the Patient and Survivor Care session on June 1. The clinical trial information on the study is available at NCTO2112149.

“LIVESTRONG at the YMCA was created when patients told us that they needed a safe, supportive space to get into a fitness routine following treatment,” said Chandini Portteus, LIVESTRONG President and CEO. “Drs. Irwin and Ligibel’s research reinforces our belief that embarking on this program of semiweekly physical activity is keenly important to help cancer survivors be a part of an active and vital community. Along with our partners at the YMCA, we hope that these results will allow more survivors to take advantage of the program and regain their physical fitness.”

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week exercise program, offered at little to no cost, to help survivors improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life. The program launched in 2007 as a partnership between the LIVESTRONG Foundation and YMCA of the USA and is available at more than 400 locations, having served more than 29,000 survivors to date.

“With a presence in 10,000 communities across the country, the Y is one of the few organizations with the ability to reach cancer survivors wherever they live,” said Matt Longjohn, National Health Officer, YMCA of the USA. “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of people reclaim their health in a safe and supportive environment and this study further proves the program works.”

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About the LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 18 years, the Foundation has been a voice for cancer survivors and has directly served more than three million people. LIVESTRONG answers survivors’ questions, tells their stories and helps them live their lives through direct service, advocacy and inventive partnership models. In 2014, the Foundation launched its boldest enterprise yet—the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Institutes will be a pioneering approach to patient-centered cancer care designed by survivors to deliver the best teaching practices and the greatest collaborative research to serve the cancer community.

If anyone you know needs cancer support, please visit LIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp. For more information about our programs and services, please visit LIVESTRONG.org.

About Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is world-renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of NCI and National Institutes of Health grant funding. For more information, go to http://www.dana-farber.org.

About Yale Cancer Center

Yale Cancer Center (YCC) is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and the only such center in Connecticut. Comprehensive cancer centers play a vital role in the advancement of the NCI’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer through scientific research, cancer prevention, and innovative cancer treatment. http://www.yalecancercenter.org

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net







Extreme Rewards for Farrells eXtreme Bodyshaping Participants


Parker, CO (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

Registration is currently open for the next 10-week session beginning on April 11, 2015. Farrell’s offers four 10-week sessions per year and classes are limited, in order to maintain an intimate coaching and work-out experience. At the end of each 10-week session, Farrell’s gives away a $ 1,000 transformation prize, and, once a year, a $ 10,000 annual transformation prize is given.

2014’s recipient, Kurtis Berg, a member at the FXB White Bear Lake, MN location, was awarded his $ 10,000 check this past January. According to a Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping post, “In March of 2013, after years of being labeled the ‘fat dad’ and being frustrated with not being able to participate with his son in activities, Kurtis made the decision with his wife to try Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping 10-week challenge. Fearing he wouldn’t be able to finish the program, Kurtis realized that Farrell’s offered something that most gyms do not – a community of support and motivation! With the help of coaches, instructors and owners, Kurtis kept up with the program and finished his initial 10-week challenge, losing 49 lbs.”

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping martial arts based program combines the four elements needed to make changes in one’s body shape: cardiovascular exercise, strength training, a nutrition plan and instructors/coaches to train and encourage participants throughout the journey. 40% of the program is focused inside of the gym, with classes and coaching six days a week, and 60% of the program is focused outside of the gym, keeping up with proper nutrition and discipline.

Farrell’s offers training for field trips to places or for events and is currently participating in the May 16, 2015 MuckFest, a 5K obstacle course to benefit MS. Visit Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Facebook Page for updates on upcoming events/field trips.

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is located 11280 South Twenty Mile Road, Suite 108, Parker, CO 80134. For more information, please call (720) 376-9548, or visit or extremebodyshaping.com.

About Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for participants of any age, lifestyle, sex or athletic ability. The program was developed by Lance Farrell, a long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher. It was developed specifically to combat obesity and to help people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for regular people who aren’t interested in sparring or contact drills.

About NALA™

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Connie Casad, MD, Now Accepting Test Participants for January Dietary Detoxification Study

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 24, 2014

Connie Casad, MD, a well-known and respected gynecologist, bioidentical hormone specialist and functional medicine advocate with 30 years of practice experience in Dallas, Texas, has announced a second trial to evaluate the health benefits of dietary detoxification. The second study is scheduled to begin in January with new participants following excellent results from test patients who just completed a 21-day detoxification regimen.

When asked to explain her interest in conducting the study, Dr. Casad said, “About 10 years ago, I realized I could no longer consume beverages or foods with caffeine after about 4 p.m. without having sleep problems. As I set out to understand why this happens, I learned a lot about food and environmental toxins and the effect they have on human health. What I discovered was that over time our livers do not work as well as they once did. One of the ways we determine that the liver function is not as efficient is if we cannot tolerate caffeine well. This discovery was an important factor in my decision to re-educate myself about human health and wellness so I could offer patients preventative solutions instead of just treating disease with medicine.”

After years of specialized training and advanced medical education, Dr. Casad conducted her first study program in November. Thirty of her patients entered the study designed to evaluate the health benefits of a 21-day regimen of dietary detoxification. Twenty-seven of the participants completed the process. More than 80 percent reported excellent results, including improved sleep, more energy, fewer aches and pains, and most importantly, individual weight loss from 5 to 14 pounds depending on the individual.

“We live in an environment with increased exposure to toxins much more abundant than even 30 years ago,” said Dr. Casad. “The list includes pesticides, herbicides and industrial chemicals that can infiltrate the human body through food, water and the air we breathe. Constant exposure leads to these unwanted elements becoming trapped in the body’s tissues which has been shown to negatively impact health and wellness and is believed to contribute to the development of chronic disease. I am not at all surprised at the quality of the results we saw.”

She continued, “A medically planned and supervised body cleanse can allow our systems to burn fat that stores unwanted compounds that affect our health. As we oxidize toxins, they become water soluble allowing the liver to process and eliminate them. Our study program included three meals a day, two of which were medically supported shakes. The third meal came from dietary choices rich in protein, foods without any sugar, and gluten-free grains in moderation. Individuals were encouraged to drink lots of fresh water, eight to 12 glasses a day. Snacks were allowed as long as they met the previously mentioned conditions. During the cleanse, we supported the body with selected supplements under my supervision.”

“I have done this program myself with noticeable benefits. I now will encourage my patients to consider doing this once or twice a year. An elimination cleansing diet of 21 days helped study participants to feel better, sleep better, eliminate headaches, lessen bloating and other intestinal conditions, improve joint health, and restore overall vitality while helping their bodies withstand all of the internal and external stressors we experience in our daily active lives.”

Those interested in joining the January dietary detoxification study program should contact Dr. Casad at her office by calling (972) 566-5335.

About the practice:

Dr. Connie Casad is the medical director of a restorative wellness practice based in Dallas, TX, offering personalized attention and care that patients will not always find at other medical practices. Dr. Casad focuses on improving the health and wellness of women using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). She specializes in creating integrated, comprehensive and individualized programs for her patients to resolve age-related diseases in addition to stress and weight management issues. Focusing on prevention, Dr. Casad encourages her patients to preserve and promote long-term wellness by taking proactive measures towards achieving health and beauty from the inside out. For more information, visit http://www.bio-identicaldoctors.com/.