The Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at the Mass General Cancer Center is hosting a free 6-part virtual series in which we will explore strategies for staying well during the pandemic and beyond. Each week will be hosted by an expert clinician from various fields such as oncology, psychology, and nutrition, and will equip you with the tools to set achievable goals during this challenging time.
All cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers are welcome!
Tuesday, June 9th 7-8pm
WFH: Workout From Home
This session will provide an introduction to Lifestyle Medicine and will then focus on the benefits of exercise and ways to stay active during COVID-19.
Betsy O’Donnell, MD (Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Medical Oncologist) and Sasha Knowlton, MD (Assistant Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School)
Tuesday, June 16th 7-8pm
Fighting Cancer with Your Fork: Mindful Eating
In this session, we will review evidence-based nutrition recommendations for cancer survivors, and discuss how food can be used to strengthen your body during treatment and beyond. We will share a brief cooking demonstration that illustrates how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your day! At the end of the session, there will be time for Q&A.
Amy Comander, MD (Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship at Mass General Waltham and Newton-Wellesley Hospital), Carol Sullivan, RD (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition), and Samantha Bateman, RD (Clinical Dietitian)
Tuesday, June 23rd 7-8pm
Pillow Talk: Improving Your Sleep
In this session, we will review the fundamentals of healthy sleep, tips for promoting restful sleep, and show you some ways to practice these tips in your nightly routine!
Loren Winters, ANP-BC (Breast Oncology Nurse Practitioner, yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor) and Rachel Millstein, PhD (Clinical Health Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program)
Tuesday, June 30th 7-8pm
Socializing from a Distance
Feeling like your social network has taken a back seat during this time of social distancing? We will talk about ways to make the most of these limitations and stay safe while maintaining your social well-being.
Yen-Lin Chen, MD (Radiation Oncologist) and Rachel Millstein, PhD
Tuesday, July 7th 7-8pm
Stress Busters: Managing Your Stress
In this session we will present the science behind stress and its impact on chronic health and learn tools to reduce your response to stress. We will demonstrate a variety of mind/body techniques including self acupressure, mindful breathing and movement.
Shalu (Shirly) Ramchandani, MD (Internal Medicine physician with specialty in Obesity Medicine and Staff Physician at Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine), Loren Winters, ANP-BC, and Nathan Langford (Acupuncturist)
Tuesday, July 14th 7-8pm
Cultivating Healthy Habits
This session will provide an overview of healthy behaviors and coping strategies to keep you going strong with your healthy habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include: finding meaning and acceptance, planning your healthy behaviors, and overcoming barriers to changes.
Rachel Millstein, PhD and Betsy O’Donnell, MD