The Eastlink Centre is a proud host facility of the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program. ACE is a research study that is sponsored by the University of Alberta, and is funded by Alberta Innovates and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Grande Prairie is one of seven Alberta communities hosting the program. The ACE program circuit training class takes place at the Eastlink Centre twice a week from Sept. 23 to Dec. 11, 2019.
“Research shows that exercise has many benefits for cancer patients and survivors, at any stage of their treatment and recovery. The goal of the ACE program is to support cancer patients and survivors to take part in exercise in a setting that feels comfortable and welcoming," said Margaret McNeely, ACE program study lead and director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta where the study was first launched.
"Having the Eastlink Centre host the ACE program means that patients in Grande Prairie and area have better access to a program that supports their recovery."
The ACE Program is a free, 12-week program taking place as part of a five year study evaluating the benefit and implementation of an Alberta wide clinic-to-community based cancer and exercise model of care.
The exercise program is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment and instructors have completed cancer-specific education and training. In the past, exercise has not been part of the routine clinical care of individuals with cancer in Alberta. The Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) program was developed to explore providing the service and to help those with cancer to better withstand and recover from treatment.
For more information on the Alberta Cancer Exercise Study, visit: www.albertacancerexercise.com.