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2021 Wellness Wednesday Episode 2

Transforming Lives with Comprehensive Lifestyle Change
Many factors in our environment, diet, and lifestyle may cause or prevent cancer. In this exciting presentation, we’ll get a first look at Dr Lorenzo Cohen’s latest research on the importance of adapting lifestyle behaviors to reduce or prevent the risk of cancer development and progression. We’ll learn how the six building blocks – social and emotional support; managing stress; improving sleep; exercising; healthy eating; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins – all work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being, reduce the negative aspects of cancer treatment, and improve quality of life and clinical outcomes.

Join Ms Marsha Banks-Harold, C-IAYT, BSEE as she leads a gentle 15 minute yoga session to nourish the mind, body, and soul, and shares the importance of including yoga as part of a holistic lifestyle to create balance physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Description of her Yoga Video: “Balancing all aspects of our lives … the social and emotional pieces, as well as the intellect and how we join up in this world.”

Watch the recording here!


Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Cohen is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health across the lifespan. As the majority of cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors can influence cancer outcomes. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.


Marsha D. Banks-Harold, C-IAYT, BSEE is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio in Alexandria, Virginia. She works with cancer clients impacted by complex and micro-aggressive trauma and is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way. She is also an electrical engineer and an officer in her church. Ms Banks-Harold serves as the Chair of the SIO Yoga SIG’s Diversity in Yoga and Cancer Care Committee and a member of the SIO Health Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Task Force.

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