What is IMPACT?
IMPACT is the IMplementation of Physical Activity for Children and adolescents on Treatment. This study provides a physical activity program to children and adolescents who are currently receiving, or scheduled to receive any treatment for cancer and/or blood disease, and their parent/caregiver.
Learn more about IMPACT by watching the video below!
IMPACT is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Kids Cancer Care Foundation (KCCF).
About the program:
- 1:1 online physical activity program offered to children and adolescents 5-18 diagnosed with cancer and/or blood disease (a parent/caregiver must be present during sessions)
- The physical activity program is delivered by a trained fitness professional
- The physical activity program will be delivered online 2-3 times/week for 12 weeks
- You will get a yoga mat and fun movement resources (to keep!), and a Fitbit to use during the program
To participate, individuals must be:
- Children or adolescents between the ages of 5-18 years at enrollment and at least one parent (defined as a caregiver; biological or otherwise).
- Diagnosed with any cancer or/blood disease.
- Currently receiving or scheduled to receive any treatment for any cancer or/blood disease or completed treatment <3 months.
- Able to read and speak English.
- Able to participate in online 1:1 physical activity (e.g., access to internet).
Benefits of Exercise
Physical activity for children with cancer and/or blood disease can:
- Reduce treatment-related side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, and physical pain/discomfort.
- Diminish depression, anxiety, and improve overall quality of life.
- Improve daily function by increasing strength, endurance, and flexibility.