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HHS HealthBeat (May 2, 2013)

What cancer survivors can teach


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Let’s Be Active

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Being physically active is hard for a lot of us – and may be harder for people who had cancer treatment. But a study of survivors of endometrial cancer says building self-efficacy – your idea that you can succeed – helps to create success.

At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Karen Basen-Engquist examined six months of data on how 100 women felt about being active, and how much they did. She linked gains in self-efficacy to more physical activity.

And physical activity raises self-efficacy:

“People’s self-efficacy for something like exercise increases as they gain experience with the behavior – especially if they receive some guidance or feedback about how they’re doing.”

The study in the journal Health Psychology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 6, 2013