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The UW 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. 

How the program works;

  • The group meets at our location on campus for 1-hour each week for 6 weeks.
  • Participants 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. 

How to get started;

  • Participation in the program requires a referral from Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.  Please ask your Oncologist or Clinical Nurse send in a referral for you.
  • Contact Erin Rellinger Smith if you have questions or wish to register for an upcoming session.    

The UW LIVING-FIT program is made possible through the financial contribution of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo http://www.zontakw.org/#!.

Woman assisting another woman with free weight.See how our new UW LIVING-FIT program is stepping up support for breast cancer survivors.