Zamplo's role in EXCEL
Cancer survivors in rural and remote areas across Canada will download Zamplo's to track their journey.
Those involved in EXCEL will use Zamplo's to:
- Track daily exercise
- Create Journals about activities, health data, and notes
- Graph, analyze and view trends in health data and activities
- Set up Routines to remind of daily movement and exercises
EXercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well research project.
EXCEL is a 5-year research project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF). This project is hosted by Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed's team at the Health and Wellness Lab at the University of Calgary.
What EXCEL offers
EXCEL will provide an evidence-based exercise and behaviour change program to rural and remote cancer survivors across Canada, a population with lower exercise levels and quality of life due to limited access to supportive care resources. EXCEL will aim to reduce health disparities in rural remote cancer survivors by integrating exercise programs into their wellness journey.
EXCEL offers a FREE 8-12 week exercise and education program, with twice weekly group-based classes delivered on Zoom videoconferencing. Exercises are performed at a low-to-moderate intensity and are tailored to each individual, based on health conditions, medical limitations, and comfort levels.
Why EXCEL is being offered
Exercise is feasible, safe, and beneficial to adult cancer survivors and can help:
1. Reduce side effects: fatigue, lymphedema, anxiety, and depression
2. Improve recovery: increase physical function, sleep, and bone health
3. Enhances quality of life, may increase survival outcomes, and may decrease risk of recurrence.
Importantly, EXCEL is for ALL cancer patients and survivors, whether they are pre-treatment, on treatment, or within 3 years of treatment completion. Regardless of experience or comfort level with physical activity, EXCEL creates a safe and supportive environment for all survivors to move from surviving to THRIVING.
To find out more, click here.
Meet the researcher behind EXCEL
Dr. Culos-Reed is a professor in Health and Exercise Psychology within the faculty of Kinesiology, as well as a professor in the Department of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Her work is on Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors and focuses on understanding and increasing the quality of life for cancer survivors and patients. The goal of this research is to develop programs for physical activity to positively impact the multitude of both physical and psychological factors that cancer survivors experience, which will ultimately enhance their quality of life.
To learn more about Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed and her work, click here.
“As a health behaviour change researcher, we will examine the implementation and impact of the Zamplo's app to continue to support cancer survivors to build wellness into their usual routine. Having the ability to provide feedback based on participant responses, and collect patient-reported outcomes along with their activities, will be instrumental in understanding how to both deliver and assess the impact of our physical activity interventions."
Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
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