Expanding an innovative exercise program for cancer survivors
Every day is a little different for Joli Bartell, project coordinator for Exercise & Thrive – the Survivorship Program’s exercise partnership with the YMCA.
“For the exercise sessions I’m busy getting paperwork, surveys and such ready for each branch of the Y, or going to visit the classes,” Bartell said. In addition, she spends a lot of time interacting with exercise teachers.
Twice a year, Bartell coordinates training sessions at the Arnold building for dozens of Exercise & Thrive instructors, always in close consultation with Survivorship Program researchers. “We are continually looking for ways to improve and expand the exercise curriculum for survivors,” she said.
“If I have any down time, I am trying to read and educate myself about cancer and exercise since it is a new area for me.” Bartell’s prior position involved working with patients at the University of Washington Diabetes Prevention Program and an affiliated exercise study called Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes).
A Western Washington University graduate in Exercise Science and Therapeutic Recreation, Bartell joined the Survivorship Program because she was interested in how exercise benefits those who have been through cancer treatment. She has been with the Center since March 2010.
“I like hearing from cancer survivors about how Exercise & Thrive helps them get stronger physically and mentally; how it changes their lives. I think it gives them much-needed confidence after their ordeal with cancer.”