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Invitation Physical Activity and Cancer Care

The Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program, Physical Activity and Cancer Care Working Group invites you to take advantage of an opportunity to increase capacity within your

program/organization to support cancer patients and survivors through the provision of appropriate and evidence-based exercise and physical activity programming. 

Working with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed, University of Alberta and Thrive Health Services, we are able to cover the registration fee for up to 50 Nova Scotia participants to take the Thrive Health Services online course titled “Exercise and Cancer”.  In addition Dr. Culos-Reed will be coming to Halifax to present a one-day workshop that will build on the online course.  This will take place on April 26th, in the Weather Watch Room, Dickson Building, VG Hospital Site in Halifax.  There is no registration fee for this workshop, however, completion of the online course is required and travel costs must be assumed by the participant.

As the evidence for the  benefit of physical activity and exercise in cancer care grows, it is important that health care providers and those who offer exercise and physical activity programming are informed and prepared to support people at the time of their cancer diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.  We hope that you will fully leverage this opportunity to enhance our capacity in Nova Scotia.


Part 1.   Free Course Offering in Exercise and Cancer (online course)

First  is an opportunity to take the Thrive Health Services online course on CANCER AND EXERCISE.  The Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program is able to cover the cost of up to 50 participants to

complete this online course.   The link to this course is

THS course outline –  – online training course outline cancer and exercise training for health and fitness professionals

module 1: introduction to cancer 1.1 cancer prevalence

To qualify for registration reimbursement, individuals must contact Judy Purcell to advise of their interest and provide both their name and email.  This information will be provided to Thrive Health Services who will follow up within one week to provide you with the discounted course code at which time you can register online using this code.  In order to be reimbursed for the registration fee you must register and submit your receipt  to the N.S. Cancer Care Program by mid –March 2018.  Thrive Health Services is making this course available to Nova Scotians at a significantly reduced cost – using the discounted course code to register will ensure you receive this discounted price.


Online Course Details:

Thrive Health Services led by Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed provides an excellent, comprehensive evidence-based cancer-specific training for health and fitness professionals, that can be completed on your own time, at your own pace.  Delivered by cancer and exercise experts Dr. Culos-Reed (PhD) and Lauren Capozzi (CEP, MD/PhD Student), this training details the evidence behind the role of exercise in cancer survivorship, specific strategies to use with cancer survivors to motivate them to exercise, and considerations to ensure exercise is tailored to the unique needs of this population.

Specifically, trainees will learn how to work safely and effectively with the cancer populations; how to tailor exercise depending on tumour type and treatment; and how to facilitate behaviour

change following a cancer diagnosis. The online course consists of nine modules that can be completed in 12-15 hours.  Completion of this training program is worth 24 Professional Development Credits with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).


Part 2.  Free In- person workshop –  Thursday, April 26th, Weather Watch Room, VG Hospital Site (Dickson Building) in Halifax

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed will be returning to Halifax in April where she will offer a one-day training workshop for stakeholders interested in offering physical activity programming for cancer

patients and survivors.  This workshop is open to health and exercise professionals working in health care, community organizations, municipal recreation programs/settings, physiotherapists, oncology care providers, medical professionals and academia.

In order to participate in this one-day training, you must complete the online course (above) in advance as the in-person training will build on this foundation.

Workshop Details:

Building on the foundation of the online modules, this one day workshop on April 26th will provide the fitness facilitators and program leads with the resources to implement a community-based cancer exercise program. Facilitated by Dr. Culos-Reed and a certified exercise physiologist, this workshop will cover the specifics of delivery of the 12-week clinic-to-community model that has been implemented in Alberta, as well as in national projects (eg. TrueNTH Lifestyle Management for Prostate Cancer). Resources for participants and for researchers will be shared and discussed.

If either or both of these opportunities is of interest to you, please contact Judy Purcell at or call at (902) 473-6063  to discuss them further.  Please feel free to share with colleagues interested in this topic or working on this issue.  Additional details are provided in the attachment.

On behalf of the Physical Activity and Cancer Care Working Group we are very excited to make these opportunities available to you.

Judy Purcell and Dr. Melanie Keats


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