Workouts Prescribed to Treat Disease

September 28, 2010

Chicago Tribune

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune story examining the trend toward integrating exercise into patients' treatment plans for diseases from cancer to autoimmune illnesses to alcoholism. Schmitz, the lead author of the first exercise guidelines for cancer patients and survivors, says: "There's still a prevailing attitude out there that patients shouldn't push themselves during treatment." Schmitz acknowledges that exercise is a stressor on the body but said resting too much can also have adverse effects. "Our message -- avoid inactivity -- is essential," she said. Read More

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