Health & Wellness Lab

The Health and Wellness Lab conducts research and develops movement-based programs, including exercise and yoga, to help those with cancer move from surviving to thriving.

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Research has consistently shown the numerous physical and psychological benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Using exercise as an evidence-based tool, the Health and Wellness Lab's goal is to help those with cancer to move from surviving to thriving.

Our website introduces you to our behaviour change research in exercise oncology. You will learn more about who we are, what we believe in, and what we are building to help those impacted by cancer to move more, enhancing both their physical and psychosocial well-being.

We are excited to announce our Exercise Oncology Education Week, April 26th to May 1st, 2021!

Apr 26, 2021

START: Health and Wellness Lab’s Exercise Oncology Education Week

May 1, 2021

END: Health and Wellness Lab’s Exercise Oncology Education Week

Attend our FREE sessions to learn about the role of movement to enhance wellness in those living with cancer, hear about resources available, and learn new skills in the field of exercise oncology. 

Sessions are available for varied audiences, including for individuals living with cancer or their support persons, for trainees, for health care providers, or for qualified exercise professionals working with individuals affected by cancer. 

See below for more information, and EventBrite to register.

Exercise Oncology Training Week Schedule

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Exercise Oncology Week - Session Descriptions

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EXCEL Research Project

Excercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL) is a 5-year Canada-wide research project offering FREE, 12-week exercise classes designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.


Alberta Cancer Exercise Program

Alberta Cancer Exercise Program (ACE) is a FREE, 12-week community-based exercise program designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment, with circuit-style classes twice per week at various locations in Calgary and across Alberta.

Ped Oncology

Pediatric Oncology

We are conducting several projects examining the role of exercise in pediatric oncology patients. These projects range from guideline development to community-based organization engagement to the implementation of in-hospital exercise programs.

Our Latest Work


Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed, Dr. Amanda Wurz, Dr. Justine Dowd, and Dr. Lauren Capozzi have put together evidence- and experience-based tips and tricks for maximizing the delivery of online fitness classes. Check out Moving Online? How to Deliver Effective Virtual Fitness.

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National Award

Kinesiology researcher receives national award for cancer and exercise research.

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In the News!

Exercise has physical and mental health benefits for cancer survivorship, but it hasn’t moved into practice in the health-care system,” says Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed.

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If you are interested in supporting our work in exercise oncology research and programs, please click the link below. This donation link, through the University of Calgary, will provide a tax-receipt. Please indicate “Thrive Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology” as the designation. Thank you for your support!

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Message to our website visitors

Material on this website has been designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction, and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or an appropriate health care professional.