EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene’s Health and Fitness Director is taking health and fitness one step further; his mission to get rid of cancer.
Steve Auferoth, 58, is the Eugene’s Health and Fitness Director and teaches classes and inspires healthy life styles. Healthy city employees translates to fewer doctor visits, meaning savings on health insurance.
Auferoth is taking it to the next level, he wants the city to be cancer free.
“To me, who wouldn’t want to be involved, that’s the question,” Auferoth said.
He first learned of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3when one the city’s health facilities was listed as an enrollment site.
The overall goal’s 600 participants and Auferoth thinks he can get a third of that.
“My goal is we get at least 200 people from the city and family members to participate,” Auferoth said.
Every day, an estimated 1,600 people will die from cancer.
“If you look at the city of Eugene’s employee base, it’s 1400 people. It would be like everybody who works for the city would be dead and gone,” Auferoth said.
The CPS-3 study is open to anyone between 30 and 65 years old, has not been diagnosed with cancer, and willing to commit to a long term study over the next 20 to 30 years.
The initial sign up requires a blood draw. After that, it’s just filling out a questionnaire every couple years.
Auferoth believes the study will prove a link between cancer and what we eat.
“I think the answer is there, it’s just difficult to get there because people are so use to doing what they’ve done for their whole life, they don’t want to change,” Auferoth said.
But change can happen when people see results.
For more information on CPS-3 and to sign up, click here.