Company: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location: New York, NY
New York, New York, December 15, 2016, Donna J. Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, Personal Trainer, Clinical Fitness Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in personal fitness.
Donna J. Wilson has more than 50 years of experience as a registered nurse and personal trainer, and she brings this experience to her position as a clinical fitness specialist of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Wilson is a strong believer in the power of exercise, and she feels that cancer survivors tend to have a better quality of life when they incorporate exercise into their after-treatment recovery. Ms. Wilson meets individually with each patient to determine their physical capabilities and work out a strength-building regimen that also has psychological benefits. Studies have shown that physical activity through exercise leads to increased endorphin production, which lessens depression and anxiety and leads to a more positive outlook in patients.
Through her work, Ms. Wilson endeavors to change the hospital culture into a more nurturing environment that is better equipped to deal with the physical and emotional needs of patients. Just as she works to transform patients from frail to fit, Ms. Wilson hopes to encourage health care professionals to lead by example, encouraging patients to take a more active role in preventative health measures. To accomplish this, she plans to start a health initiative to help nurses with exercise classes and educate them on the risks of obesity and smoking.
Outside of work, Ms. Wilson is pursuing certification as a dragon boat coach, which is also another passion of hers. She is very proud of being part of the Empire Dragon Boat Team, which is made up of cancer survivors that cheer each other on. They work as a team, train and have very positive physical and emotional outcomes. Aside from their camaraderie with health issues, they are busy getting their bodies in fit shape to help extend their lifespan.
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