In November 2022, Charles Jones received the life-altering diagnosis of lymphoma. Determined to make the most of every moment, he embarked on a journey to improve his well-being during cancer treatment. However, as he underwent chemotherapy, he faced challenges like weight gain and blood pressure issues, prompting his doctor to refer him to the N.E.A.T. (Nutrition, Exercise and Attitudes for Tomorrow) program at Texas Health Resources.
“It was ‘I’m going to eat what I want. I’m going to go take trips that I want to take. I’m going to live my life and be happy,” Jones stated.
This innovative program, generously funded by the Texas Health Resources Foundation, is offered at three Texas Health hospitals. It is designed to support qualifying cancer patients by providing a comprehensive set of resources. The program includes exercise classes, nutrition education, and health coaching, all of which are aimed at enhancing the physical and emotional well-being of the participants. Furthermore, patients are granted a one-year membership at a Texas Health fitness center, granting them access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
“We have had many participants so grateful for the impact that N.E.A.T. has had on their health and lives that they have paid it forward by donating to the program, so that other cancer patients can also benefit,” stated Laura McWhorter, president of the foundation.
The importance of integrating exercise into cancer treatment cannot be overstated. The American Cancer Society recognizes the myriad benefits it offers, including the potential to alleviate symptoms and side effects such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. Moreover, it is known to reduce the risk of death from certain cancers and other diseases.
“We give them the tools to become better, stronger, to cope with some of the stressors they’re dealing with and to come out of it in a better place,” stated Jennifer Hunter, Endometrial Cancer Survivor and VP of Strategy & Growth at FX Studios Leads Texas Health Fitness Center Initiative.
“I’ve lost weight. I sleep better. After working out, I feel like I have a lot more energy and I’ve noticed my overall health seems like it’s improved,” Jones stated.
Charles Jones’s commitment to the N.E.A.T. program has led to positive changes in his life. He now engages in regular gym sessions twice a week, has the guidance of a personal trainer, and benefits from nutritional counseling. By participating in this program, he is actively taking steps to manage the challenges associated with cancer treatment and to improve his overall quality of life. Programs like N.E.A.T. serve as an essential support system for cancer patients as they navigate their treatment journey, emphasizing the significance of holistic care in promoting health and well-being.
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