Hollings Cancer Center

A National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Survivors' Fit Club

Celestine West

MUSC Health Hollings Cancer Center invites breast cancer survivors to enroll in Survivors' Fit Club. This 10-week exercise, nutrition, and behavior change program focuses on improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and quality of life factors specific to cancer survivors. Some studies also show that physically active cancer survivors have a lower risk of cancer recurrence.

The program was launched in February 2016 in collaboration with the MUSC Wellness Center and is sponsored by Racquets for Recovery. This program, led by staff from the MUSC Wellness Center, includes a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, post-rehab exercise specialist, health coach, cognitive-behavioral therapy specialist, and certified personal trainers – all available to participants interested in getting fit for life.

Program Details

Pre-testing

  • All participants must be cleared by a physician for enrollment.

Week 1

  • Individual InBody and Micro-Fit testing with goal setting consultation.
  • Individual nutrition consultation to review nutrition questionnaire.
  • Two group meetings and physical activity sessions with personal trainers.
  • Post-rehab specialist available for consultation if health history or physician clearance requires.

Weeks 2 to 9

  • The group will meet with trainers weekly for a group session at the MUSC Wellness Center.
  • Each week the group will meet with various trainers for an outdoor exercise session.
  • Group health coaching – three sessions scheduled over the eight-week period.
  • Group nutrition education weekly with recipe suggestions and cooking demos.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy group session – three sessions scheduled over the eight-week period.
  • Exercise will be monitored daily for type of activity and minutes of activity. Recommendations: 150 minutes weekly of moderate aerobic activity and two weekly strength training sessions – yoga, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular, and balance exercise included.

Week 10

  • Individual post-testing with short- and long-term goal setting.
  • Group exercise sessions with goal setting.
  • Program finale.
  • Program participants will receive an extended membership to the MUSC Wellness Center for a period of time following the program.

To learn more about the Survivors' Fit Club, please call 843-792-6966 or email Bridgette Blankenship.