Fit Steps for Life
Bullard Southern Baptist Church
716 N. Houston St., Bullard
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am - 11am & 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday Exercise Class: 4:30pm
WHY FitSTEPS for Life®?
Many cancer patients are physically and mentally compromised as well as socioeconomically distressed. There are no reimbursedrehabilitation programs for cancer patients by private insurance or Medicare. Commercial gyms are not only expensive; they can also be intimidating and unsafe for cancer survivors. FitSTEPS for Life® offers a shared experience for survivors and their families that create a camaraderie not seen in commercial gyms or hospital rehabilitation programs.
The program is unique in several respects:
Physician driven. A cancer patient’s physician is their strongest source of motivation to initiate and adhere to an exercise program. Physicians who support the FitSTEPS for Life® program provide medical clearance with appropriate safety restrictions.
Effectively and safely manages medically complex conditions. This aspect of the FSFL program is vitally important because 70% of cancer patients have coexisting diseases (heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis). It enables physician referral without reservation. By contrast, fractionation of medical care through sub-specialization could require multiple physician authorizations, which may significantly diminish physician participation.
Individualized. Every referred patient’s baseline physical and psychological function is evaluated to create a personalized and structured exercise program tailored to their needs.
Cost efficient. Medical costs and healthcare spending continue to skyrocket amid a deflated economy—presenting healthcare providers with unique challenges. FitSTEPS for Life® is inexpensive to implement with the capability to significantly reduce healthcare costs.
Fosters clinically applicable research in a community-based, real-life setting. As more and more cancer patients’ leverage the FitSTEPS for Life® program, their results will serve as valuable data for research evaluating the potential of exercise for improving cancer patients’ quality of life.