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Yoga, Nutrition Education Boost Cancer Therapy

by Sheela Philomena on December 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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 Yoga, Nutrition Education Boost Cancer Therapy

Yoga and diet changes can help young cancer patients manage their disease today and lay the foundation for a healthy future, say researchers.

Departments of Clinical Nutrition and Rehabilitation Services have created a program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that focuses on all of the benefits of yoga, which include balance, coordination, a decrease in pain and improving quality of life.

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Jessica Sparrow, an occupational therapist trained in providing yoga for children, at the rehabilitation services said that having this special combination of yoga and nutrition as a service provided for patients is a true complement to treatment.

"Our ultimate goal is that they take this practice into their everyday lives-like breathing exercises to help with anxiety and pain," Sparrow said. "We intend to monitor the outcomes and track the progress as evidence-based research to not only improve upon existing knowledge at St. Jude, but also to share with others."
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Sparrow worked with Danielle Doria, also of Rehabilitation Services, and Karen Smith of Clinical Nutrition to create the program's outline. After each yoga session, patients get a lesson on healthy eating, which often includes a hands-on demonstration from a St. Jude chef.

The combination program has been successful, with many of the patients using basic poses at home or even in the hospital's hallways.

Source: ANI
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