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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer talking with UW WELL-FIT participant on the treadmill

UW Fitness offers numerous opportunities to get involved with your university and your community. Student volunteers make many of our programs possible; we could not do it without them!

Some of the volunteer opportunities that are usually available each term are as follows:

UW WELL-FIT

UW WELL-FIT is a small group exercise program for individuals diagnosed with various forms of cancer. The main goal of our program is to maintain the functional capacity of individuals fighting cancer throughout their treatment and into remission by using exercise as therapy. The program is run here on campus out of the Lyle Hallman Institute for Health Promotion and the adjacent Manulife Wellness Centre.

This program offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with cancer patients. Volunteers help these individuals with their exercise programs, aiding them with proper form and perhaps most importantly, keeping up their motivation.

UW WELL-FIT volunteers assist certified staff in teaching exercise technique, spotting, and recording exercise data. We look for volunteers who show initiative, are attentive and observant, upbeat, friendly, positive and social as we want to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere for participants in this program. We require a firm commitment of 1 hour per week for a semester at a time (we expect you to be there every week unless you are sick). 

There will be an orientation workshop session that is scheduled very early in the semester for all potential volunteers to attend to learn more about volunteer expectations and special considerations when working with cancer patients.

If you wish to be considered for volunteering, you must contact us as soon as possible as spots fill quickly and attending the orientation session is mandatory for new volunteers.

For more information about volunteering please contact UW Fitness.

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Teens In Motion (TIM)

Teens In Motion is an exercise program for clinically overweight teenagers. The program is run here on campus out of the Lyle Hallman Institute for Health Promotion and the adjacent Manulife Wellness Centre. Volunteers assist certified UW Fitness staff in conducting assessments, teaching exercise technique, spotting, and recording exercise data.

We look for volunteers who show initiative, are attentive and observant, upbeat, friendly, positive and social as we want to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere for participants in this program. We require a firm commitment of 1 hour per week for a semester at a time. 

For more information about volunteering please contact UW Fitness.

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Hardy Hearts

The Hardy Hearts cardiac rehabilitation program, founded by Dr. Mike Sharratt and Dr. Ron Fowlis, is run at Grand River Hospital with the help of volunteer Kinesiology students. The program uses exercise to help increase/maintain the functional capacity of individuals with coronary heart disease.

This program offers students the opportunity to work hands on with cardiac patients. Volunteers lead the exercise sessions, monitor the patient's heart rates and blood pressures as well as offer input on the patient's exercise programs.

For more information about volunteering please email Hardy Hearts.

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