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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

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. July 5 to August 26

Mondays and Thursdays

3:00 - 4:00pm

North Vancouver 

Kirkstone Park, North Vancouver, BC V7K 2A2 

 Call 604-987-7529 or visit https://www.nvrc.ca $50 for first time registrations. July 6 to August 13 

Tuesdays and Fridays 

8:30-9:30 am - Outdoor

Richmond 

Minoru Centre for Active Living, 7191 Granville Ave
Richmond, BC V6Y 1N9

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

$50 for first time registrations.

July 14 to August 21 

Wednesdays and Saturdays

2:30 - 3:30pm
- Outdoor

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.

July 13 to August 20

Tuesdays and Fridays

8:00 - 9:00am


Contact Us

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