Anticancer Lifestyle Program FAQs
What is the Anticancer Lifestyle Program?
The Anticancer Lifestyle Program (ACLP) is an online comprehensive lifestyle transformation course for cancer survivors and those who seek to reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses. The program is divided into five modules: Change, Mindset, Diet, Fitness, and Environment.
Through the use of engaging videos, graphics, animation, quizzes and activities, our experts teach course participants evidence-based ways to reduce inflammation and improve the body’s natural defenses against disease.
Each of the five modules can be taken at any pace. Course participants will receive the tools and information they need to make lifestyle changes in these key areas:
Change: such a simple word, but one that can pack a wallop. We all know that one’s entire world can change in an instant with a visit to the doctor or as a result of one interaction.
Yet oddly enough, when we try to change ourselves, it can seem nearly impossible.
Using expert videos, animation, text, and interactives, the Change Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program will introduce you to the course, and help you make lasting lifestyle changes that will decrease inflammation and enhance your immune system’s ability to fight disease.
Making positive lifestyle changes requires courage, honesty, reflection, and the not-so-simple ability to be fully aware and conscious of the choices you make every hour of every day.
Using expert videos, animation, text, and interactives, the Mindset Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program will guide you to develop a constructive mindset that will make it easier to make and maintain lasting beneficial lifestyle changes.
Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates uttered the famous words, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Research and experience over the millennia has proven that “the father of modern medicine” was correct. Your diet makes a huge difference in your health, and can reduce your risk of cancer growth and recurrence. Eating well reduces inflammation, strengthens your immune system, and makes you feel better.
Using expert videos, animation, text, and interactives, the Diet Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program will give you tools you can use to make informed (and delicious!) food choices.
Make exercise a priority and feel the difference! Even small amounts of regular movement will make a difference in your health.
Using expert videos, animation, text, and interactives, the Fitness Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program will explain the connection between fitness and health, and provide some tools you need to develop a regular fitness routine.
Using expert videos, animation, text, and interactives, the Environment Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program will give you tools to make informed and wise purchasing decisions, in order to reduce your exposure to toxins common in daily living.
The Anticancer Environment section of our course rests on the Precautionary Principle, which means taking preventive action in the face of uncertain harm, until a substance has been proven harmless.
Each module contains graphics, text, interactives, as well as guidance from our subject matter experts. We are fortunate to have these informed, credentialed, and helpful guides for each module:
Dr. Alex Brown is a licensed psychologist, member of the Behavioral Health Faculty at the Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in New Hampshire, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Brown is trained in health psychology and behavioral medicine. He helps patients develop strategies to work through changes that will benefit their health.
Margaret Fletcher is an expert teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness, part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Margaret helped create the Mindset pillar of the ACLP, and taught this pillar of the in-person course for many years.
Traci Komorek has been a registered dietician for 15 years. She helps cancer survivors develop diets that promote healing. Traci has taught the ACLP Diet classes for the in-person course since 2012.
Lynne Avery is a registered nurse, and has been credentialed by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Her work involves helping people incorporate healthy lifestyle changes. She created an exercise class specifically for cancer survivors. Lynne helped create the in-person version of the ACLP Fitness module and has taught it since 2011.
Deb DeMoulpied is a Green Living Expert. She has a Master’s degree in Education, and was the founder of an environmental green goods store in New Hampshire. In order to choose the cleanest possible products for her store, Deb spent years researching and vetting companies and products so that her customers could be confident that the brands she carried were the safest ones available. Deb created the in-person version of the ACLP Environment pillar and has taught it since 2011.
This course is offered on a “pay-what-you-can” basis for 90-day access to all course modules. A $20 donation covers our hosting costs; larger gifts allow us to offer the course to those who cannot afford to pay. We deeply appreciate donations of any size. No matter how much or even whether you can give, we urge you to register for the course and take advantage of guidance from our experts on ways you can promote well-being and stay strong. All gifts to the Anticancer Lifestyle Foundation are tax-deductible.
You will receive the tools and information you need to implement and maintain an Anticancer lifestyle. In addition to what you learn in the course, you will find invaluable resources (apps, books, videos, websites, worksheets, and so forth) in our program Toolkit, located on this website. The Toolkit is constantly updated with the latest articles and most useful resources to further support your anticancer lifestyle.
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We recommend starting with the Course Introduction. In this module, you are introduced to the theme of the course, and our course psychologist discusses barriers to change and how to overcome them. Ideally, you would follow that with the Mindset module, since it lays the groundwork for developing a mindset that supports healthy choices and change.