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Class teaches cancer prevention with diet, lifestyle

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) - A class is at WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center teaches survivors how to prevent a recurrence.

"It's called Survivorship Nutrition Lifestyle Management," oncology nutrition clinical dietitian Susan Gilbert said.

The class teaches proper nutrition and lifestyle techniques.

"Eating plant-based foods, limiting some of the higher fat and processed foods," Gilbert said. "Just making sure that you're getting a balanced diet."

Gilbert said aside from not smoking, preventing obesity is the number one thing a person can do to help avoid a recurrence of cancer.

For healthy lifestyle techniques, Gilbert recommends getting your heart rate up 30 minutes a day. She says working out doesn't necessarily have to be in a gym. You can switch it up by getting outside for a walk, gardening, yoga, swimming, or hiking. 

The students in this class have been tested in more ways than one.

"About a year ago, I found the lump, had the mammogram." cancer survivor Janice Eby said.

Eby made it through surgery and finished chemotherapy and radiation in December. 

"It's been a long road, but I survived," she said.

Eby's classmates are all cancer survivors. She said the comradery is good for her heart. 

"Being with other women that have been through the same thing, you don't know how many people are in similar situations until you come into a class like this," she said.


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