Dr. Ernie Bodai

Nation’s Cancer Survivorship

Nordic Medical
Pole Walking

Exercise Program

Dr. Ernie Bodai, Founder of Kaiser’s Breast Cancer Survivorship Institute, also pioneered the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. 

Nordic Pole Walking provides all four types of exercises!

Improve Your Endurance – Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you do the tasks you need to do every day. Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Improve Your Strength – To strengthen your muscles, you need to lift or push weight. Stronger muscles can make it easier to do everyday things like get up from a chair, climb stairs, carry groceries, open jars, and even play with your grandchildren. Lower-body strength exercises also will improve your balance.

Improve Your Balance – Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. Balance exercises can help prevent falls and avoid the disability that may result from falling.

Improve Your Flexibility – Flexibility, or stretching, exercises give you more freedom of movement for your physical activities and for everyday activities such as getting dressed and reaching objects on a shelf. Stretching exercises can improve your flexibility, but they will not improve your strength or endurance.

6 Health Benefits gained
with each Step
 of Nordic Pole Walking!

Each step provides better:
1.  Posture and Balance
2.  Strengthens and balances the Para- Spinal Muscles
3.  Activates 90% of your body musculature
4.  Burns 22-47% more Calories
5.  Reduces 30% stress and pain from back, hips, knees and ankles
6.  Resistant / Cross motor exercise generates increase Brain Function

Nordic Walking is Full Body, Aerobic, Resistance, and Cross Motor Function Exercise

Lifestyle Medicine –
The Cancer Prescription

This short film is based on a detailed article written by Dr. Ernie Bodai and colleagues about the influence of lifestyle on Cancer. 

Nordic walking may benefit breast cancer patients

(Source: Reuters Health, Carolyn Crist,
August 16, 2019)
Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research.
The low-impact exercise improved swelling, physical fitness, disability and quality of life, the study authors conclude in the European Journal of Cancer Care.
“The main strategy in rehabilitation for women with breast cancer is a change of habits, where physical exercise is a fundamental tool,” said study co-author Jorge Torres of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Sports at the University of Vigo in Pontevedra, Spain.

See the entire article:
Nordic walking may benefit breast cancer patients

The video is based on an article that was published in The Permanente Journal Magazine in 2018. The article and a complete list of sources can be found via the following link:
Permanente Journal Special Report*

Additional important information about lifestyle medicine can be found via the following link:
Lifestyle Medicine

Video Contents:

  • Definition of Lifestyle Medicine 0:40
  • Why are Americans dying 2:54
  • Obesity: A major risk factor for all cancers 10:46
  • Diabetes: It’s association with cancer 16:13
  • The development of cancer 17:43
  • Colon cancer, lifestyle and the human gut 18:12
  • Leaky gut syndrome 23:21
  • Prostate cancer, lifestyle
    and telomeres 24:35


  • Breast Cancer –29:34
  • Our nutritional demise 34:48
  • Cardiovascular disease +
    inflammatory condition: 35:30
  • Cancer and dietary issues: 37:07
  • Cancer and diet fads: 41:13
  • The Nutrition Prescription for Cancer: 46:44
  • Exercise and cancer: 52:18
  • Summary of dietary recommendations for cancer prevention and a generally healthy lifestyle: 55:11


By ignoring the root causes of disease and neglecting to prioritize lifestyle measures for prevention, the medical community is placing people at harm. Advanced nations, influenced by a Western lifestyle, are in the midst of a health crisis, resulting largely from poor lifestyle choices. Epidemiologic, ecologic, and interventional studies have repeatedly indicated that most chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, are the result of lifestyles fueled by poor nutrition and physical inactivity. In this article, we describe the practice of lifestyle medicine and its powerful effect on these modern instigators of premature disability and death. We address the economic benefits of prevention-based lifestyle medicine and its effect on our health care system:


A system on the verge of bankruptcy. We recommend vital changes to a disastrous course. Many deaths and many causes of pain, suffering, and disability could be circumvented if the medical community could effectively implement and share the power of healthy lifestyle choices. We believe that lifestyle medicine should become the primary approach to the management of chronic conditions and, more importantly, their prevention. For future generations, for our own health, and for the Hippocratic Oath we swore to uphold (“First do no harm”), the medical community must take action. It is our hope that the information presented will inspire our colleagues to pursue lifestyle medicine research and incorporate such practices into their daily care of patients. The time to make this change is now.

Nordic Pole Walking is the #1 Home Exercise for Cancer Patients