Niagara College workshop to help fitness and health professionals work with cancer patients

Niagara College’s Health and Fitness Promotion professor Jodi Steele is hosting a Lymphedema Management workshop at the Welland Campus on February 23 to help Niagara health care professionals better treat patients with cancer. Niagara College photo

Niagara College press release – Niagara College is hosting a workshop to help equip fitness and health professionals gain the latest knowledge and skills from the oncology field.

The Lymphedema Management workshop will be taught by the College’s Fitness and Health Promotion professor Jodi Steele. Steele is a registered physiotherapist and founder of Cancer Rehab Inc. – Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation centre.

The workshop aims to help Niagara’s fitness and health professionals – including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and kinesiologists – better serve their clients who have been diagnosed with cancer. The 6.5-hour course teaches appropriate exercise techniques and safety considerations, how to administer oncology assessments, how to design an individualized fitness plan and more.

“There is a major gap in the training of health care professionals in the area of oncology and the Niagara region is no exception,” said Steele.

Steele noted that much knowledge has become available during the past five to 10 years. “We used to think that if people had cancer, let them rest,” she said. “Now we know that is important to survival to get them up and moving as soon as possible and even train them during high dose chemotherapy and radiation.”

In 2009, Steele designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program, which continues to be delivered at sites throughout Southern Ontario. She also received the 2009 Arch Award from McMaster University for her innovative contributions to society.

“We are fortunate to have a resident rehab oncology expert on our faculty team. Although we reach students with this new information, we wish to share this expert knowledge with our community partners who currently care for residents of Niagara living with a cancer diagnosis,” said Community and Health Studies dean Carolyn Triemstra. “We want to support local professionals and residents through offering this education workshop.”

The workshop will be held at the College’s Welland Campus on February 23/2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $300. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit