Ohio Survivors Course

Nutrition and exercise essential in better quality of life 

Dr. Colleen K. Spees

Dr. Colleen K. Spees

How can cancer survivors improve their quality of life? Colleen K. Spees, Ph.D, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND, Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics and Health Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, focused on the topic of optimal survivorship during a free Ovarian Cancer Survivors course in Columbus, OH on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The free course, hosted by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, was open for survivors, loved ones and caretakers. Optimal survivorship occurs when survivors are experiencing the best quality of life while engaging in health-promoting behaviors. Although many survivors feel a lack of control during their cancer journey, Dr. Spees said. “Survivors can learn to control many aspects of their dietary and physical activity patterns.”

In many studies, adhering to positive behaviors has proven to improve quality of life and health outcomes. “Bombarded by the chaos of cancer, initially women are trying to just get through the day,” she said. “Sound nutrition and physical activity allows cancer survivors to take back some control.”

Dr. Spees is involved in many healthy initiatives including studying modifiable lifestyle behaviors with cancer survivorship at the Garden of Hope on The Ohio State University campus. The Garden of Hope is devoted to discovering the evidence-based methods to empower and inform cancer survivors and their caregivers in achieving health and wellness.

For a full schedule of upcoming courses, visit the Survivors Course Page.


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