Physical Activity for African American Breast Cancer Survivors

With funding from a grant from the Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford PI Lisa Goldman-Rosas and her team are exploring innovative approaches to optimize and pilot a physical activity intervention for African American breast cancer survivors. In this project an Advisory Board will collaborate with the researchers to design a physical activity program based on established successful models. Participants will then engage in a structured 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors offered at Trainers Coalition. It is estimated that participants attend two sessions per week with a trained instructor that includes aerobic exercise (e.g., treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical), progressive resistive strength training (e.g., strength machines, free weights, elastic bands), flexibility (e.g., floor stretching and stretching with a partner), and mind-body connection (e.g., breathing, meditation, yoga). During stretching, there is ample opportunity to foster social support among participants.

This project builds on Dr. Goldman-Rosas' work with African American Peer Navigators who are participating in community oriented innovative projects designed to increase awareness and facilitate access to care. Below is a photo of the Peer Navigators presenting their research at the AACR conference in September 2019.

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