Symposium Session: The Continuum of Care for the Cancer Patient: How to "Prescribe" Nutrition and Exercise

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2022 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Would you like to learn how to “prescribe” nutrition and exercise to clients who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis or post-cancer treatment? In this session, Shayna Komar and Joel Hardwick expand on their Today’s Dietitian webinar to discuss prehabilitation and preparing the cancer patient for treatment and surgery with nutrition and exercise as well as rehabilitation after surgery and treatment.

There is a continuum of care, and many patients are unsure of how to eat and what activity to do before, during, and after treatment. This session will address how food and fitness impact the cancer patient and how to recommend an appropriate plan for them. It will educate the dietitian on how to team up with their local exercise experts. It will also discuss an appropriate food plan to coincide with the fitness program to decrease the comorbidities of the cancer patient.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits of being physically active and its influence on nutrition requirements in the cancer population.
  2. Identify medical nutrition therapy needs and exercise strategies for prehabilitation and rehabilitation for the cancer patient as it relates to metabolism and body composition.
  3. Implement food and fitness strategies with a cancer patient before, during, and after surgery/treatment.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.1, 10.3.9
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Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Shayna Komar, RD, LD, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian based in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech and her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Shayna currently contracts with Cancer Wellness of Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA where she provides individual nutrition counseling, cooking classes and group lectures for cancer patients and caregivers. She was the proud recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2019, Shayna was one of the “Top 10 Dietitians of the Year” from Today’s Dietitian. She is on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Speakers' Bureau for dietitians and speaks all over the country. Shayna has been featured as a nutrition expert on various news and media outlets and she writes weekly with her colleague, Chef Nancy Waldeck, on their blog Shayna is an avid fitness enthusiast who has been teaching group fitness classes for 20 years.   

Shayna Komar, RD, LD reports the following relevant disclosures: she has received support from Kate Farms Nutrition. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Joel Hardwick, ACSM EP-CET, EIM2, is a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer based in Atlanta, Georgia who specializes in exercise oncology. Over the past five years, Joel has worked within the Piedmont Healthcare system as program coordinator for multiple oncology pre-habilitation and rehabilitation initiatives that focus on breast, pancreas, and prostate cancer patients. Outside of work, Joel can be found outdoors playing pickleball or traveling to new restaurants with his partner, Valerie.

Joel Hardwick, ACSM EP-CET, EIM2 has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. He has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.


Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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