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Physical Therapist Appointed Co-Chair of Mayor's Wholistic Health Committee

PHILADELPHIA (August 8, 2000) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center's John R. Martinez, M.P.T. of Wynnewood, Pa., a licensed physical therapist, has been appointed as one of three co-chairs to Mayor John F. Street's Complementary Medicine and Wholistic Health Committee of the newly created Health and Fitness Office.

As co-chair, Martinez works with Gwen Foster, Health and Fitness Czar of Philadelphia, to support the Mayor's "Fun, Fit and Free - See What You Can Be" initiative by sharing the wholistic principals of physical, psychological, nutritional, social, emotional and spiritual well being.

The new committee's objectives are to support the "Fun, Fit and Free" initiative, to give wholistic health a position of prominence in Philadelphia and to facilitate special projects. The goal of the initiative is to facilitate the transition of the whole Philadelphia community to an overall healthier lifestyle.

"While the word 'holistic' implies a spiritual component, our committee calls itself 'wholistic', referring to the whole body as well as the whole community," explained Martinez, who was instrumental in developing Fox Chase Cancer Center's Complementary Medicine Program and served as its first director. "We want to encourage everyone in Philadelphia to participate in 'Fun, Fit and Free' and to learn more about how complementary medicine and wholistic health can benefit them."

To accomplish the committee's mission and objectives, Martinez works with committee members and co-chairs to promote health and fitness throughout the city. They participate in health fairs and offer information and educational resources to Philadelphia residents. The committee also seeks feedback from the community about their interests and needs in terms of developing and maintaining healthy habits.

The Complementary Medicine and Wholistic Health Committee is one of 12 committees of the Health and Fitness Office that works to support the Mayor's health care initiative. In addition to Martinez, the other committee co-chairs are Paul Brown Bodhise, D.C., N.D., a chiropractor in private practice, and Marjorie Dejoie, M.D. of Temple University.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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