Hope Cancer Resources
Hope Cancer Resources now has a certified cancer exercise specialist on staff. Hannah Waggener, CPT, CES, the organization's wellness specialist, has been on staff a year and recently achieved her cancer exercise specialist certification from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute through the American Council on Exercise. Her new certification allows Hope Cancer Resources to provide improved individualized fitness-related care to local cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
"We know that cancer causes emotional and physical trauma to a person's mind and body. For over 30 years, Hope Cancer Resources has provided comprehensive cancer support services to ensure a better quality of life for patients in Northwest Arkansas. The physical health part is where I step in," Waggener said. "I quickly realized after becoming a certified personal trainer that our patients needed me to understand their bodies' trauma at that same emotional level. My certification as a cancer exercise specialist has helped me connect with my clients to better understand their cancer, treatment and recovery process. Ultimately this helps me to develop a strategic exercise program to meet their health and fitness goals."
Physical activity during and after cancer treatment can benefit survivors in a number of ways. According to the American Cancer Society, research suggests that for at least four different cancers, survivors who exercise "have a lower risk of cancer recurrence and improved survival compared with those who are inactive." Regular physical activity can also improve anxiety and depression, and reduce cancer-related fatigue, which according to the National Cancer Institute is the most common side effect of treatment.
Waggener provides wellness consultations and personal training sessions free of cost through the Hope Cancer Resources Wellness Center for Hope. Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers interested in improving their health through physical activity are encouraged to call (479) 361-5847 to set up a consultation.
Swartout named dean
Dr. Jennifer Swartout has been named the new dean of the communication and arts division at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Swartout, previously dean of humanities at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill., holds a doctorate of educational administration and foundations from Illinois State University.
Dr. Ricky Tompkins, vice president of learning and chief academic officer at NWACC said of her selection, "Dr. Swartout brings a wealth of experience to NWACC and the Division of Communication and Arts. I am excited about the great opportunities and experiences ahead for our students under her leadership."
NAN Our Town on 08/08/2019
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