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.


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


The Pediatric Oncology Exercise Manual (POEM) consolidates evidence-based information and resources to promote an active lifestyle among children and adolescents affected by cancer.

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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.