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SIRvivor BC: Prostate Cancer Exercise Program


SIRvivor BC: Prostate Cancer Exercise Program is a specialized exercise program for men 19 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level, ability and background. The program focuses largely on strength development through resistance-based exercise. It helps you improve muscle endurance, meet new people, and learn safe and effective exercises.

The majority of men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are not meeting the recommended exercise guidelines. SIRvivor BC provides you with a structured environment in which you can learn and practice safe, effective exercises and help you meet exercise recommendations. Resistance-based exercise may also help combat some side effects of long-term prostate cancer treatment, such as decreased muscle strength and bone density. SIRvivor BC also gives you an opportunity to interact with men who share similar experiences to you and build your community.

SIRvivor BC runs for 6 to 12 weeks, consisting of 2 one-hour sessions each week. The exercises are easily modified to be manageable for each individual, and the program is run by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge on working with men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis.

The program is part of a provincial initiative to create sustainable and accessible community exercise programs for men with prostate cancer, supported by the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program, a comprehensive cancer survivorship program developed at the Vancouver Prostate Centre, located at Vancouver General Hospital. It was successfully piloted in BC, Calgary and Halifax and results showed men improve their body composition, flexibility, dynamic balance and muscular endurance.


Programs currently offered:

Location

Registration

Cost

Dates and Times

North Vancouver

Kirkstone Park, North Vancouver, BC V7K 2A2

 Call 604-987-7529 or visit https://www.nvrc.ca 
Please contact program site for details.

September 14 - October 8 

Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 - 11:00am

Outdoors

Virtual

Zoom 

Contact Lisa Neukomm at inspiredlifestyles@shaw.ca or 778-281-0694 $135 per person

September 13 - December 1

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am

No class October 11

Vancouver 

Champlain Heights Community Centre

3350 Maquinna Dr, Vancouver, V5S 4C6

Call 604-718-6575 or visit 

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver

Please contact program site for details.

September 21 - December 10

Tuesdays  and Fridays 8:00 - 9:00 am 

Penticton

Penticton Community Centre

325 Power Street, Penticton V2A 7K9

Call 250-490-2426 or visit www.penticton.ca/parks-recreation/programs-registration

Please contact program site for details.

September 21 - December 22

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-1:45pm

Richmond

Minoru Centre for Active Living

7191 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC V6Y 1N9

 Call 604-276-4300 or visit www.richmond.ca/register

Please contact program site for details.

September 22 - December 11

Wednesdays and Saturdays 1:30-2:30 pm

Saanich

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 3Y3

Call 250-475-7121 or visit  www.Saanich.ca/recreation

$50 for new participants

September 21 - December 10


Tuesdays and Fridays  10:15-11:15am 

City of Kelowna

Parkinson Rec Centre

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4P9 

Call 250-469-8800 or visit rec.kelowna.ca

Please contact program site for details.

September 20 - December 16 

Mondays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm

No class September 30, October 11 and November 11

Contact Us

To discuss becoming a host site for SIRvivor, please contact Emmie Li at physicalactivity@bcrpa.bc.ca for more information.