NEW physical activity programs for kids on and off treatment
3 sessions every Wednesday evening based on child's age
Please see details below on each session and age group.
Physical activity is a safe and essential part of any child’s healthy development and this is equally true for children affected by cancer. Research shows that physical activity can be safely practiced during acute phases of treatment, even in immune-compromised children and those undergoing difficult treatments. Physical activity is medicine and can improve the quality of life for children with cancer by reducing the negative side effects associated with cancer and its treatments.
The right prescription for physical activity can help your child develop strength, endurance, energy, coordination and flexibility, helping them to be more social, happy and improve academic achievement. Our PEER program (Pediatric Oncology Patients Engaging in Exercise for Recovery) was designed with this in mind.
PEER is a research-based exercise program designed by pediatric cancer specialists from the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital to help parents and health care professionals to use exercise to help ease the long-term impact of cancer and its treatments on children. Specialized exercise programs are designed for each age group.
PEER is free and open to children with cancer (both on- and off-treatment), survivors and siblings! Please attend cold- and flu-free.