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THERE’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTH CLUBS TO GET INVOLVED, PERHAPS OFFERING SOME OF THEIR STUDIO TIME TO HOST DIVA CLASSES


incorporating vitamin D, calcium, phytonutrients and antioxidants. These classes are run by qualified dieticians. The exercise classes are run by


normal fitness instructors who want to be involved – albeit they are vetted to ensure they’re properly qualified, and with the right sort of people skills to properly manage this special population group. They need understanding and empathy, and also need to know how to tweak exercises for individual participants if necessary. We work with a local organisation called Forte Rehabilitation and Wellness Center to ensure all instructors are suitably qualified for our requirements. The classes take place at sites which


have either donated studio time, or to whom we pay just a small fee. Although DIVA is also open to men, as they too can suffer from breast cancer, at this point all participants are women.


How do you prescribe appropriate activities? A 2010 study published by the


American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors states: “Exercise training is safe during and after cancer treatments and results in improvements in physical functioning, quality of life, and cancer-related fatigue.” We also know from the wealth of scientific research already available that staying physically active is highly beneficial for breast cancer patients. However, given that our instructors aren’t medically


Instructors need the right people skills to work with this special population group


trained – and as we don’t have any scientific outcomes from our own work just yet – we do stress that participation is down to the individual’s choice. We don’t make specific recommendations on which classes people should do – this is something they should discuss with their oncologist.


Do you have any plans to evolve the DIVA programme further? San Antonio is a huge city, and we would love to


roll the programme out to more sites so that everyone 60


has access to DIVA classes within their neighbourhood. We need more sites. Within that, there’s also a great opportunity for health


clubs to get involved, perhaps offering some of their studio time to host DIVA classes and promoting those classes in their own marketing. They don’t need to have specialist knowledge to do this, as we are able to provide the instructors and the programming, and it will bring in new audiences to their gyms.


healthclub@leisuremedia.com kate cracknell


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