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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Enhancing Exercise Adherence for Breast Cancer Survivors

Pekmezi, Dori Ph.D.; Martin, Michelle Y. Ph.D.; Kvale, Elizabeth M.D.; Meneses, Karen Ph.D., R.N., FAAN; Demark-Wahnefried, Wendy Ph.D., R.D.

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 8–13
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31825a6db6
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE • Readers can expect to learn more about the physical and mental health benefits, recommendations, prevalence rates, and trends for physical activity among breast cancer survivors. Commonly reported barriers to physical activity for breast cancer survivors also will be reviewed, along with strategies for overcoming these challenges.

This informative article reviews physical activity benefits and recommendations for breast cancer survivors and suggests strategies to overcome frequently cited barriers to participation in physical activity.

Dori Pekmezi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where her research focuses on physical activity promotion and cancer prevention in underserved populations.

Michelle Y. Martin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests include promoting physical activity in healthy populations and among individuals managing a chronic disease, including diabetes and cancer. She serves on the ACSM Ad hoc on Diversity Action Committee.

Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., is director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship clinical program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, and an associate scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on health services delivery for cancer survivors, management of late effects of cancer treatment, and care transitions.

Karen Meneses, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is professor and associate dean for research in the School of Nursing, and co-leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on quality of life interventions among breast cancer survivors.

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., is professor and Webb chair of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research career has focused on cancer survivorship. She has led several trials promoting healthful dietary and exercise change in cancer survivors.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.