The Cancer Foundation Working to Prove Physical Activity Reduces Cancer Progression

Want to workout and give back to cutting edge cancer research at the same time?  Well, look no further than AKTIV Against Cancer, the organization co-founded by Helle Aanesenand legendary runner Grete Waitz(nine-time New York City Marathon Champion) 

Not only has AKTIV Against Cancer’s recent research indicated that physical activity can extend beyond subduing the symptoms and side effects of cancer therapy, but it is shown to reduce overall cancer progression and assistant in a positive response to cancer therapy. 

AKTIV Against Cancer has since donated over $14 million to help create 16 physical activity centers in cancer treatment facilities throughout Norway. Upon their official presence in the United States in 2014, the foundation launched a research program with Memorial Sloan Kettering, the largest private cancer center in the world - to fund exercise oncology research via Dr. Lee. 

"I’m thrilled about our second annual AKTIVday and am so happy to experience its expansion and growth. It's crucial to stay active – and to do it while supporting an important cause makes it so much more meaningful,” says AKTIV Against Cancer Co-Founder, Helle Aanesen. Aanesen continues,“We can't wait to see NYC’s fitness and wellness community come together for this year’s AKTIVday and are so grateful for all support on this special day!"

Thus far, they have donated $3.3 million dollars to the MSKCC and are looking to pledge even more with your help!  On Thursday, April 11thAKTIV Against Cancer will be hosting their second annual ‘AKTIVday’ where the trendiest fitness and wellness studios across New York City will donate 20% of their day’s proceeds to AKTIV Against Cancer. 

All money raised go directly to research programs studying the benefits of physical activity for cancer patients.  Studios participating include, but are not limited to, BRRRNDANCEBODYFitHouseMile High Run ClubOrangetheoryTone Houseand more

“Orangetheory Fitness is thrilled to support AKTIVday 2019 by participating at studios in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. AKTIV Against Cancer’s incorporation of physical activity into cancer treatment is a critical component in our battle against cancer and we are excited to promote AKTIVday and help make a huge difference on such a critical initiative,” says Lars Scofield, Owner and Area Developer of Orange Theory Fitness.

The incredible day will also be sponsored by adidas(AKTIV Against Cancers longest supporter!) and Polar Watches.  Just sign up for your favorite participating fitness class and perhaps, you’ll run into your favorite influencer too! Aly Teich from @sweatlife_nyc, Emily Fayette from @thehealthyhustle, Scott Braun 

Susan Swendon

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