Online Program

EveryBody Needs Time to Play!: Implementing a Physical Activity and Nutrition program for Cancer Survivors

Monday, November 2, 2015

Paris Adkins-Jackson, MA, MPH, Asante Wellness, LLC, Compton, CA
Kommah McDowell, MSLM, Kommah McDowell, Covina, CA
The health-related quality of life model describes a bidirectional relationship between individual-micro and systemic-macro level effects on quality of life. Systemic cultural and demographic variables act on the general health, cancer-related health, health efficacy and psychological well-being of the individual, and likewise, these components impact culture. Such interactions dictate the health-related quality of life of the individual. Physical activity is a variable often used to assess the probability of survivorship and the health related-quality of life of an individual with cancer. Physical activity interventions post-diagosis are rarely implemented and struggle with sample size. The EveryBody Needs Time to Play! Program is a culturally-relevant movement based program that engages individuals through exercise from various dance genres. Information about the physiology of the body is shared thoughout the intervention in addition to a 10-minute nutrition class. The program is designed to increase ones psychological well-being by decreasing depression and anxiety. The intervention experienced problems with fidelity as it was difficult to maintain weekly participants. After making necessary adjustments, the program was more successful once it was offered monthly. While programmatic complications prevented vital data collection, it was determined through survey methods that all participants/cancer survivors felt this program increased their mood and knowledge of healthy foods and physical activity options. This presentation will discuss lessons learned and approaches to implementation that can be adopted by organizations.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe barriers to participation for cancer survivors; Identify strategies that increased mood in individuals with cancer; Demonstrate practices that increased applicable knowledge of healthy food options and physical activity strategies

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I studied and taught physical activity strategies for over a decade. I have specialized in facilitating movement through cultural lenses. I also studied epidemiology with a focus on cancer in graduate studies and participated in a number of community-based studied with cancer interventions. This study was the first time I was able to marry physical activity with cancer, I used the separate trainings to prepare me for this program. I studied therapuetic movement with ACE.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Asante Wellness, LLC Physical Activity Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.