OhioHealth helps cancer survivors commit to be fit

OhioHealth Cancer Survivor 5k Training Program
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OhioHealth Offers a free program to help cancer survivors commit to be fit: body and mind.

Emily Finn, a Rehabilitation Supervisor at OhioHealth's Eastside Health Center, came up with the idea of using a Couch to 5K training program to help the survivors' she works with continue to commit to be fit after beating cancer.

She helps survivors work their way up to a 5k with both virtual training and Saturday morning group sessions.

It's part of a free training program offered through OhioHealth and it's open to any cancer conqueror regardless of insurance.

Finn says the group workouts are more than just fitness. Participants are helping each other through their post-cancer journeys.

"Sharing more intimate details of their cancer journey and how they were affected and how this program has brought them together," Finn said.

Two time cancer survivor Barb Palumbo is part of the group.

"It's really nice to be with people who have gone through the same thing you have gone through...having the same after cancer issues, survivorship issues," Barb said. "A lot of humor in that group too. You have to laugh! Haha, it helps!"

Barb is challenging herself to something new this year. She's walking the Commit To Be Fit 5K for the first time.

"I've never done a 5k before. This is a new thing for me."

Barb has the finish line in sight.

"I can't wait. It's going to be really exciting. You put the work in and that's your reward," Barb said. "I've never walked three miles before. So it's going to be a challenge. I'll make it."

The cancer survivor 5k training program is wrapping up it's spring session. Many participants will be walking or running the Komen Columbus Race For The Cure in May. Finn will start a new training session in the fall.

People interested in joining the group can contact Emily Finn at (614) 788-4425 or email her at emily.finn@ohiohealth.com .

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