Anyone affected by cancer knows it's not always easy to find a path back to good health. Trevor Bennion, the only certified health and fitness specialist in east Idaho and one of only two specialists in the state who is certified as a 'cancer exercise trainer,' has found his passion helping cancer patients (and others with chronic diseases) find hope by gaining control of their health through exercise and nutrition.
"Regardless of what stage a person is in their cancer..whether they are newly diagnosed, going through treatments or in recovery..I can take a look at their situation and we can achieve good health together," Bennion said.
A native of San Diego, Bennion is a current adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University-Idaho in the exercise science department and is an active researcher in the field of exercise science and nutrition.
"My greatest accomplishment is the research I've done on making things measurable," Bennion stated. "I've conducted studies in fat metabolism, caloric cost of certain exercises and I'm currently conducting a study on breast cancer and exercise which may provide the first ever exercise protocols among any cancer."
In addition to working with patients battling all forms of cancer, Bennion also works with individuals in conquering and controlling diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He also works with specific populations such as children, elderly and pregnant women.
Bennion, whose own mother is a breast cancer survivor and inspired him in his work, will be hosting Cancer Fitness Classes (for anyone affected with any type of cancer and for family and friends of cancer patients) at Gold's Gym in Blackfoot. The classes will be Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 7 p.m. For more information call 208-785-4338.