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.

Online Exercise Oncology

Qualified Exercise Professional Training Week

We had an amazing attendance at our Qualified Exercise Professional Oncology Educational Week (Nov15-19). We want to thank all of our presenters for taking the time to share their knowledge and expertise!

In case you missed any of the presentations be sure to check them out on our YouTube Channel. The sessions were tailored towards Qualified Exercise Professionals working with individuals affected by cancer. In our recordings of this week you can 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.

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Drive for Thrive 2021

A HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and participants who made the 6th Drive for Thrive Golf Tournament such a memorable success! We would like to especially recognize our sponsors including Peloton (Signature Sponsor), Celei's/Rooftop, ATB Financial, Kinsted Wealth, Star Building Materials, Desjardins, Silver Springs Golf course, and Fraserland Organics!

Please take a brief moment to listen to our Thrivers talk about the impact of your contributions:

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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.

Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL): What EXCEL Means to Me

The Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL) study provides an exercise program to those living with cancer in rural and remote regions across Canada. In this video you will hear from our EXCEL participants, as they describe their experiences with the program and discuss the positive impacts of adding more movement into their lives.

Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL): What EXCEL Means to Me


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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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.