University of Calgary

Happy Birthday to Thrive!

Kinesiology’s exercise centre for cancer survivors and patients celebrates first anniversary

Feb. 27, 2013

According to the research of University of Calgary kinesiology researcher Nicole Culos-Reed PhD, one of the best things you can do when recovering from – or fighting – cancer is exercise. It helps with fatigue and improves your outlook on life. Of course, exercise is often the last thing that cancer patients or survivors feel like doing, which is why Culos-Reed created the Thrive Centre one year ago.

“Patients often feel lost and out-of-place in a conventional gym setting,” explains Culos-Reed. “They also often have other health concerns which means that a one-size-fits-all exercise regime just won’t work. At the Thrive Centre, nobody looks at them twice and they’re surrounded and supported by people who understand what they’re going through and can help them to feel better.”

The Thrive Centre is located in the Faculty of Kinesiology, inside the Outdoor Centre. It is free for cancer survivors, patients and their support persons. Certified Exercise Physiologists and trained student volunteers (mostly Health Sciences and Kinesiology undergraduates) staff the centre, providing expertise and support.

WHAT: The Thrive Centre celebrates its one-year anniversary

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, February 27

WHERE: Faculty of Kinesiology KNB 180, inside the Outdoor Centre

WHO: Student volunteers, researcher Nicole Culos-Reed and Thrive Centre users will all be in attendance.