The Zakim Center’s Healthy Living Program

22 Jun, 2021
The Zakim Center's Healthy Living program includes a broad range of offerings such as physical activity, mindful movement, weight management, and nutrition education. 

Research increasingly suggests that a healthy lifestyle — regular exercise, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean protein, and weight management — can help patients recover from cancer treatment and is important for health and wellness throughout treatment and beyond.

Exercise and Mind/Body Movement Programs

The Zakim Center offers a variety of virtual exercise and mind/body movement programs, including free classes in qigong, tai chi, yoga, and women's exercise. These therapies, which include mind/body, meditation, and breathing techniques, can ease tired muscles, reduce stress, and increase positive energy. Sessions are for adult patients and caregivers at all fitness levels.

Exercise Consultations

Exercise holds benefits for everyone, and a growing number of studies show that cancer patients in particular can gain valuable benefits from regular exercise, including reducing fatigue, improving mood, reducing anxiety, and helping to maintain a healthy weight. Patients can meet with Dana-Farber's exercise physiologist, Nancy Campbell, who can answer fitness-related questions and provide personalized exercise tips. Consults are available for men or women with any cancer diagnosis. To schedule a consult, please email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu.

Zakim's Kitchen

Eating during and after treatment can sometimes be difficult. Zakim's Kitchen workshops are informative and entertaining opportunities for patients, caregivers, and families to learn easy and tasty meal preparation tips and tricks.

Topics related to general health and wellness, as well as management of cancer-specific symptoms and side effects, are offered throughout the year.