"Two years after finishing radiation therapy I still look forward to these classes at the 'graduate' level. I have never felt more fit. I even participated in the Run for the Cure!...The support I have received physically and emotionally through this class has been second to none. I am so happy that I dragged myself to that first class, wondering what good this exercise would do me!"
-UW WELL-FIT participant
The UW WELL-FIT graduate program, now referred to as STAY-FIT, is an extension of the 12 week START-FIT program for individuals in cancer treatment. Participants in this program may or may not be undergoing treatment and continue with supervised, individualized exercise programs twice weekly in a larger group setting at our facility.
The STAY-FIT ‘graduate program' evolved after many of the participants had completed the original program and wanted to continue with exercise in the same type of supportive environment that they experienced in START-FIT. The STAY-FIT program is currently fee-for-service.
For participants who would like some continued exercise guidance but prefer to exercise at home or at their own gym, we also offer a STAY-FIT AT HOME option. This includes an individualized exercise program, 30 minute one-on-one training session and email follow ups to check on progress. STAY-FIT AT HOME is also fee-for-service and can be discussed with our Fitness staff after completing the START-FIT program.
Who is a candidate for the STAY-FIT program?
Referral to participate
Since participants are transitioning from the START-FIT or six week fee-for-service post treatment program, no referral is necessary. However if there is a change in your medical condition while in the STAY-FIT program, we may request further clearance from your physician.
What happens next?
At your follow up assessment after completing the START-FIT program, our staff will discuss details about the STAY-FIT program including available class times and fees. Once you are signed up for a particular class time, you will be able to transition to STAY-FIT as soon as you choose.
If you are opting for a STAY-FIT AT HOME program, our staff will coordinate an appointment for that at your follow up assessment as well.
Where to find us
The STAY-FIT program is located at the University of Waterloo in the Toby Jenkins Applied Health Research Building: 340 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo, ON, N2L 6R6.
For map and detailed directions, see directions and parking for access to the Toby Jenkins Building.
The STAY-FIT grad program is currently fee-for-service and available for those wanting to continue to exercise after completing the original 12 week program. It is our hope that additional support for UW WELL-FIT cancer exercise could be obtained to make the program more affordable to others coping with cancer.
To donate directly to the program, contact Karry Kwan, Applied Health Sciences Alumni Advancement Officer or complete Waterloo's secure online donation form (designate your gift as "Other - UW WELL-FIT").