If you are a cancer survivor, you may want to consider joining the Wellness Works Rx - Oncology Program at the YMCA of Greenville to continue your journey as a cancer survivor. It's important that you continue an exercise program that includes cardiovascular exercise, strengthening, stretching and nutritional aspects for your overall health. After the completion of your 12-week hospital based program, consider extending your oncology rehabilitation at the YMCA of Greenville, working with a Y-Exercise navigator. The Y-Exercise Navigator will navigate patients to services at Greenville YMCAs. Services may include: Wellness Works, Silver Sneakers, personal training, and group and water fitness classes. The Y-Exercise Navigator can assist with getting you enrolled. Visit any YMCA of Greenville branch for additional information or complete the following form for more information.
Cyndel Henson Y-Exercise Navigator CREDENTIALS: BS Exercise Science, Certified Personal Trainer, Exercise is Medicine Pro
IN THE NEWS
The YMCA of Greenville and Greenville Health System (GHS) are making it easier for cancer survivors to get the exercise they need thanks to the new Wellness Works Rx - Oncology Rehabilitation program. The program is available to any cancer survivor, but it’s especially helpful to those suffering from a debilitating side-effect of cancer known as cancer-related fatigue. Fatigue is described as a daily lack of energy, an unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness not relieved by sleep. It is not to be confused with tiredness, which happens to everyone and is expected at the end of a long day. Instead, cancer-related fatigue is often described as paralyzing and can prevent survivors from functioning normally. “Fatigue is the number one complaint of cancer survivors,” said Mark O’Rourke, MD, medical director of GHS’ Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship. “Through our 12-week GHS oncology rehabilitation program, Moving On, we have found exercise to be an effective way of treating fatigue and helping improve quality of life for cancer survivors. Now, thanks to a partnership with the YMCA, we can make the healing effects and benefits of exercise available to more survivors in our community.”
Through the Wellness Works Rx -Oncology program, survivors are connected with a certified personal trainer, known as an exercise navigator, who helps navigate the exercise process. The navigator is familiar with the personnel and programs at the GHS Life Center and all five YMCA of Greenville locations and can make recommendations on which programs are best for the survivor based on their individual needs and goals. The navigator can also assist the survivor in completing membership forms, applying for financial assistance and scheduling appointments. Once enrolled, the navigator monitors the survivor’s progress through regular phone calls.
“Joining a fitness facility and establishing an exercise routine can be overwhelming for anyone, especially those battling a serious disease like cancer. This program seeks to make the process more manageable and empower survivors to take charge of their health,” said Dr. O’Rourke. Mary Ann Brown, a cancer survivor and former Moving On participant, has used the Wellness Works Rx- Oncology program and found it to be successful. “I went through GHS’ Moving On program at the Life Center, but when it was over, I wanted to continue exercising. The Life Center wasn’t close to my house, but I found I could continue gaining support and exercise in a similar program called Wellness Works Rx at the George I. Theisen Family YMCA in Travelers Rest. I’ve been exercising at the Y for months now, and I love it. I feel great, and I look forward to going each week,” said Brown.
The YMCA of Greenville is a critical component to the Wellness Works Rx - Oncology program not only because of its shared commitment to improving health but its accessibility and affordability, said Dr. O’Rourke. “Our role is to eliminate barriers to exercise. We want everyone to have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, which is why we have multiple locations and never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay,” said Scot Baddley, CEO of the YMCA of Greenville.