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Exercise and Cancer: A Savor Health Series


The statistics are clear and the relationship with cancer, compelling.

More than 80% of adults and adolescents do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and strength training exercises and 80.2 million Americans are physically inactive [i].  Cancer rates in America are reaching 1.7 million new cases and causing about 595,690 deaths each year. Promisingly, The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that 20% of the cancers can be totally and most effectively prevented by physical activity and reduced body fatness [ii]. Now that is a powerful statement for an effective prevention and therapy!

However simple it may sound, it is surely quite the opposite! Multifactorial and complex, Savor understands the challenges faced when considering the pros and cons surrounding exercise.


Exercise. A powerful tool.

Research is continuing to show strikingly positive benefits to date, in all populations over the long term. And the research continues! Everything from general body fat and total body weight to tumor size and side effects from chemotherapy are positively impacted because of exercise. Life’s challenges make consistent physical activity an understandable dilemma. We are meant to move; our bodies depend on it, it influenced our genetic coding, and our evolutionary history is in large part shaped around our need to exercise for survival. But we aren’t moving enough. Our bodies are metaphorically sounding the emergency alarms, yet our ears are deaf. No time is better than now to make that change. Get those shoes laced and ready, and make time to get out the door no matter what. Now is the time to move!


Exercise. A powerful tool. Let’s move our bodies!

To help you on your way, a new and exciting 14-month series entitled “Exercise and Cancer “will be released by the leading experts of Exercise and Nutrition at Savor Health.  28 days is approximately the number of days required to turn a new exciting habit into a satisfying, long term lifestyle change.  The hope is you will read the articles, and apply them for 28 days after to make turn a new idea into a habit!

For Month’s 1-5, here is what you should expect from us at Savor:

We invite you to read the articles in order like chapters in a book. Then, follow up with us so that we can continue to guide you on this exciting journey towards:


Exercise. A powerful tool. Let’s move our bodies! You can make it happen, we know you can!


[i] Facts and statistics: Physical activity.  U.S Department of Health and Human Services.  Accessed at: https://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/
[ii] Cancer facts and figures.  American Cancer Society.  Accessed at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-047079.pdf
Jessica Iannotta, MS, RD, CSO, CDN

Jessica is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She obtained her Master's degree through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jessica has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings since 2001 in the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Jessica is in charge of all operations including clinical and culinary operations ranging from menu development to evidence-based website content, relationships with registered dietitians and social workers and developing processes and protocols for intake, management and outcomes analysis of patients.

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