Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Dance to stay healthy

November 15, 2013 

Dance Dance Revolution is a Wii game we've often recommended as a great way to help you get in shape while you’re having fun. But there’s a new dance revolution on the horizon — and it’s for adult cancer survivors.

Getting back into good physical shape after cancer treatment can be tough, physically and psychologically. But it’s key to beating the disease and avoiding recurrence. Just as important, and sometimes more challenging, is restoring intimacy between couples who have had to deal with prostate cancer, a mastectomy or hysterectomy. Well, here’s a way to do both.

The University of Alabama is recruiting folks who have battled cancer to take part in a study of physical fitness and relationship intimacy that they call “a couple’s ballroom-dance intervention.” Say hello to Ballroom Dancing With the Cancer All-Stars.

This is a great idea, and it’s worked before. Just ask Joan Cashon, 73, a three-time cancer survivor and award-winning competitive ballroom dancer. Her husband gave her ballroom dancing lessons 13 years ago, after her last bout of chemo.

If you’re a cancer survivor or love someone who is, before you two start cuttin’ the rug, get the green light from your doctor. Then find a ballroom dance studio with a suitable program or an instructor.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate.

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