The LIVING-FIT program is a six week, small group program for women undergoing adjuvant hormone therapy for breast cancer. The program focuses on educating women about the importance of integrating exercise into the management of treatment related side-effects.
Through interactive, open forum discussions about barriers to exercise as well as information and practical strategies to adopting a more active lifestyle, participants will be encouraged and empowered to make positive lifestyle changes.
The group meets at our location on campus for one hour each week for six weeks. Participants are given a workbook and pedometer. The workbook facilitates the discussion of each week and the pedometer is used as a tool to track progress in a walking program. A home-based resistance training program is provided to each member of the group and taught by our staff to ensure proper form. This program is repeated each week in our facility and participants will be required to do it once in their home as well. Physical activity goals are set each week for the upcoming week. The idea is to increase the amount of physical activity in a way that is reasonable for each individual.
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Who is a candidate for the LIVING-FIT program?
If you are currently undergoing adjuvant hormone therapy for breast cancer and live in Kitchener-Waterloo or surrounding areas, you are a candidate for UW LIVING-FIT.
Referral to participate
Prior to participating in the LIVING-FIT program, participants require a completed Referral Script.
These scripts/referral forms are available at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC), and can be obtained by speaking with Oncology Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Lounsbury at 519-749-4370, extension 5179.
Once this Referral Script is complete, please contact Fitness staff to register for the next available session.
What happens next?
Participants attend one-on-one meetings for six consecutive weeks. Each week we provide information and discussion about incorporating exercise into their lifestyle routine. Topics covered include:
- How exercise can help manage treatment related side effects
- Canada’s physical activity guidelines
- Goal setting, overcoming barriers, rewarding oneself
- How to implement a walking program
- What components to include in an exercise program
All participants receive a workbook entitled "An exercise guide for breast cancer survivors" and a pedometer to help motivate and record progress.
After the six week program, participants can attend monthly “check-ins” to discuss any questions or barriers they encounter.
Where to find us
The LIVING-FIT program is located at the University of Waterloo in the Lyle S. Hallman Institute for Health Promotion and the Manulife Wellness Centre. Enter via the Lyle Hallman Institute, room 1606.
For map and detailed directions, see directions and parking for access to the Manulife Wellness Centre.