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Play Fit Stay Fit

PLAY FIT- STAY FITis a wellness program to help pediatric cancer survivors get back to their pre-cancer physical activities. Developed by the Physical Therapy program in the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University and the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, “Play Fit-Stay Fit!” is the first collaborative, multi-disciplinary wellness program for cancer patients on Long Island.

The clinical site for “Play Fit- Stay Fit!” is based at the Hauppauge Body in Balance location.

“A comprehensive wellness program that incorporates fitness and nutrition and psychosocial counseling does not exist for a child living with cancer,” says Raymond McKenna, PT, Ph.D., Program Director of “Play Fit- Stay Fit!”, and Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. “Consequently, children and their parents report difficulty returning to pre-cancer levels of participation in physical play and sport, which often has a negative influence on quality of life and contributes to low levels of fitness and overall wellness throughout childhood and adulthood.”

The 12-week “Play Fit- Stay Fit!” program is free to pediatric cancer survivors and their families and is designed to be fun and dynamic as well as unique because it focuses not only on fitness, but also integrates nutritional and psychosocial aspects of rehabilitative development. Physical therapists, exercise physiologists, athletic and personal trainers, nutritionists and Child-Life specialists will pool their expertise and work with patients and their families. Goals are to improve physical abilities such as strength, mobility, endurance, coordination, and balance, as well as provide nutritional guidance and psychosocial support.

For information about the upcoming “Play Fit- Stay Fit!” spring session, please contact Raymond McKenna at (631) 444-6169 or via e-mail at: rfmckenna@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.