Nutrition and exercise for cancer risk reduction
Did you know that up to half of all cancers in the United States could be prevented through lifestyle choices?
Managing your weight, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco and being physically active are some of the most important things you can do to reduce your cancer risk. The Healthy Living Clinic can help you make these healthy lifestyle changes.
The Healthy Living Clinic is open to MD Anderson patients only.
- An assessment of your current health behaviors
- A clinical fitness assessment and custom exercise plan based on the American College of Sports Medicine physical activity guidelines
- Personalized counseling on how to reduce cancer risk through diet, exercise and screenings
- Guidance on goal setting
Tobacco cessation services also are available to patients through the Tobacco Treatment Program. The program is open to patients who are current tobacco users or recent quitters (within the past 12 months). This service is free to MD Anderson patients. Patients receive behavioral counseling and tobacco cessation medications.
Health education specialists and exercise specialists discuss cancer risk reduction through diet and exercise. Our staff members provide support and help you set goals. They are your partners, and they are here to help you succeed.
What to expect
You will get a 30-minute counseling consultation with an expert to discuss evidence-based, healthy lifestyle recommendations. This includes an assessment of your eating routine and exercise habits, discussion of the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) guidelines, question and answer between the provider and the patient, and an option to follow-up at a later date.
We will provide you with evidence-based tools and resources to set and meet your health goals. Each patient is different. Materials are tailored to the patient’s area of improvement or interest.
Follow-up support is available in person, by phone and through MyChart.