This 12-week supervised exercise and education program is for people with an type of cancer at any stage. Whether you've been recently diagnosed, are in the middle of treatment or in remission, this 12-week exercise and education program can help. CanWell is offered through a partnership between the YMCA, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. You will be supported by specially-trained YMCA staff including a kinesiologist. Hamilton Health Sciences provides a physiotherapist and advance practice nurse.
Group exercise sessions can help you increase strength and improve range of motion and endurance. Education sessions cover topics including the benefits of exercise, what to expect post-treatment, healthy eating and nutrition, community resources and post cancer transition. You'll be asked to do an intake interview at the beginning of the program with a YMCA staff which will include your medical history and goal setting. You can self-refer to CanWell or be referred by your doctor. Your doctor's clearance is required to participate. The YMCA will provide you with a referral form to take to your doctor for approval.
The CanWell program will allow participants access to,
- Pilates classes and individualized exercise plans on the fitness floor with assistance from YMCA staff.
- Access to a nurse practitioner from the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
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