Photo Courtesy Harbor House

Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert

Photo Courtesy Harbor House
Lisa Tweedie, of the Harbor House, will work with cancer patients in post-operative and quality-of-life exercise programs as a recently certified Cancer Exercise Specialist.

LEWISTON — Lisa Tweedie of the Harbor House has earned advanced qualifications through a two-day training held at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

Andrea Leonard, survivor and president of The Cancer Exercise Institute, conducted the training. The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients in post-operative exercise and quality of life programs. “This advanced qualification is to cancer, what cardiac rehabilitation has been for heart attack victims,” said Leonard.

During and after cancer treatment, there are side effects that cancer patients have become accustomed to living with. Cancer survivors no longer have to accept limited range of motion, poor posture, neck and back pain, lymphedema, chronic fatigue and more following treatment.

Tweedie’s attendance was made possible through a collaboration of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center CancerCare of Maine. Both the Beth Wright Center and CancerCare are working together to create more community-based exercise programs for people being treated for cancer. Studies have shown that cancer patients can likely thrive if they learn to augment their treatment with exercise.

Tweedie will be instructing a free class called “Be Active” at the Harbor House Fitness Center on Tuesdays, Oct. 21 through Dec. 23, from 1-1:45 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome as long as medical clearance is obtained from a physician prior to starting.

Contact Lisa Tweedie at 244-9555 or [email protected]

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