SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

June 17, 2015 15:30 ET

Pilot study taking cancer rehab to the community

Alberta Cancer Exercise Program brings innovative program to Saddletowne YMCA

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 17, 2015) - A new provincial partnership will explore ways of improving the health and fitness of cancer survivors through a first-of-its-kind, community-based, exercise program. Over the course of 24 weeks, 80 cancer survivors in Calgary and Edmonton are taking part in specialized exercise and personal training classes to determine the benefits and feasibility of offering programs like this across Alberta. The program is called Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE), a partnership between the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the YMCA. The ACE initiative reflects evidence that shows a tailored exercise program improves the health, fitness, and energy levels of cancer survivors.

WHAT: Media availability to promote the Alberta Cancer Exercise pilot study.

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. (photo op*), 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (interviews)

WHERE: Saddletowne YMCA, 7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E., Calgary, AB

WHO: Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, (Researcher); Corrinne Swanson (Program participant); Kaia Kjar (YMCA).

*Please note, there is an opportunity to get b-roll / photographs during the last half of a BEAUTY (Breast cancer patients Engaging in Activity while Undergoing Treatment) class that runs from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., please be there by 10:30 to capture this footage. Interviews will take place immediately following the class.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Donald McSwiney
    Director of Communications, Faculty of Kinesiology
    University of Calgary
    t: 403.220.7652
    c: 403.852.7652
    don.mcswiney@ucalgary.ca