Promoting physical activity in adolescent cancer survivors

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Amanda Wurz
Jennifer Brunet


Self-management strategies, such as physical activity, have been identified to help young cancer survivors reduce or control the side effects that accompany modern cancer therapies whilst improving their overall quality of life. Despite the known benefits of physical activity, the majority of young cancer survivors not meeting recommended guidelines. In this article, we discuss knowledge translation activities that are taking place across Canada to develop and disseminate resources to healthcare providers in an effort to improve physical activity counselling, and ultimately participation for adolescent cancer survivors.

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Amanda Wurz, University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics

Amanda is a PhD Student in the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab at the University of Ottawa. Her research is focused on physical activity in young cancer survivors. Specifically, she is exploring the role that physical activity can play in promoting quality of life in this population. She plans on developing a physical activity community-based program to enhance young cancer survivors’ psychosocial, physical, and behavioural outcomes. In addition, her interest in promoting physical activity has led her to examine the psychological and social processes that may influence young cancer patients and survivors’ physical activity behaviour.

Jennifer Brunet, University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics

Jennifer is an assistant professor and the director of the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her research is primarily aimed at identifying and understanding psychological and social factors that may influence people’s physical activity motivation and behaviour in order to better inform interventions to address the health burden related to physical inactivity in Canada. Her research is also focused on developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to increase physical activity levels in various populations, such as cancer patients/survivors, women, and youth.


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