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Who is a candidate for the UW WELL-FIT program?

If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or just starting hormonal therapy treatment (or if you recently had surgery as your only form of treatment) and live in Kitchener-Waterloo or surrounding areas, you are a candidate for the exercise program.

Referral to participate

Prior to participating in the UW WELL-FIT program participants require clearance from their oncologist. Interested participants should ask their oncologist to complete and sign the "UW Fitness Exercise and Wellness Program Referral Script" if exercise is deemed appropriate.

These scripts/referral forms are available at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC), and can also be obtained by speaking with your supportive care nurse. Once this referral script is complete, please contact UW Fitness to book your initial assessment appointment.

What happens next?

The program begins with an initial consultation with each participant. At this consultation session trained exercise physiologists determine a variety of exercise baselines. This assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

During this consultation UW Fitness staff determine cardiovascular fitness by monitoring the heart rate and blood pressure response to progressive exercise on a stationary bike. Shoulder range of motion is assessed during this consultation, as well as height, weight and waist circumference. Body composition is assessed while participants are lying comfortably. Static arm and leg strength are also determined. Given the growing interest in the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, participants are also asked to complete a quality of life survey as part of on-going research at the University of Waterloo.

The initial 12 week program runs 2 times per week with each session lasting one hour. Various day and time options are available and will be discussed at the assessment. There is no cost to participating in the 12 week program.

Please read instructions for UW WELL-FIT assessment in advance of coming to your appointment.

Where to find us

The UW WELL-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 visit UW Fitness.