The project 'Steps to a Healthy Life' initiated by the ICA in 2007:
Aims to expose cancer patients to the healthy advantages of physical activity.
Aims to encourage cancer patients to build time in their schedule for planned, structured physical activity and make it part of their daily routine.
Offers consultation and guidance to patients who wish to join.
Provides workshops that are held at the various medical centers and ICA branches in the community.
Prof. Naama Constantini, a Sports Medicine Specialist at Hadassah Optimal's Sports Medicine Center, serves on a volunteer basis as a professional authority and source of knowledge and updates, and regularly responds to questions, and provides professional guidance and supervision.
Includes an individual or group training session led by physical education and physiotherapy professionals. Each participant receives an explanation booklet, a follow up booklet, a pedometer and tension elastic for exercises.
27 departments at medical centers across the country were taking part in this project, and activity is also being expanded to pediatric oncology departments and to community health centers.
The healthful, physical and emotional advantages of physical activity among cancer patients have been researched in recent years. Professional literature has demonstrated improved sleeping patterns and quality of life (both physical and emotional) of patients as a result of participation in physical activity.