Wellness & Exercise Programs

CCSP offers numerous avenues for patients to introduce or regain physical activity into their lives, including individual consultations and group classes such as Get Real and Heel, a group exercise series, and Cancer Transitions®, a six-week class that includes exercise, nutrition and stress management. See information below.

Helping you safely return or safely adopt a healthy lifestyle

Claudio L .Battaglini, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology Specialization) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Battaglini received his BS degree from the Catholic University of Brasilia Brazil (1992) and his MA (1999) and PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Dr. Battaglini’s research focuses on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological, psychological, and physical functioning in cancer patients. He Co-directs the Get REAL & HEEL Breast Cancer Research Program and the Integrative Exercise Oncology Laboratory. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Battaglini has been the recipient of 22 funded research grants and has published over 60 journal articles and scientific abstracts and 2 textbooks chapters related to exercise oncology. Dr. Battaglini was the 2010 recipient of Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring presented by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Dr. Battaglini’s involvement in exercise oncology research, he was an international level endurance sports coach, with some of his athletes achieving World Champion status, Pan-American Champion status, and Olympic Game appearances.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Science, Department of Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS).Tuesday, March 5, 2013(photos © Kevin Seifert for EXSS)

  • Get REAL & HEEL is a unique program designed to serve cancer patients in North Carolina. Get REAL & HEEL is not just an exercise program. It integrates individualized prescriptive exercise with recreational therapy to provide a program that strengthens your body and mind. We develop an individualized plan that helps each participant manage cancer treatment-related symptoms and increase chances of survivorship and quality of life. Because of grant support, this program is currently provided to individuals free of charge. Please visit Get REAL & HEEL or contact Kelly Hermanson at 919-962-1222, . Watch a video about the program from ABC 11.   

  • Cancer Transitions is a FREE 2 ½-hour, 7-week workshop to help cancer survivors and their caregivers make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Cancer Transitions is offered quarterly at Carolina Pointe II. Meet other survivors, get your questions answered and learn how to move forward and positively impact your life. Expert panelist including physicians, nutritionists,
    nurses and fitness experts will discuss topics such as: Get Back to Wellness, Healthy Eating Post-Treatment, Medical Care and Surveillance, Physical Activity, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. You will learn about exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions has a proven track record as an evidence-based program that provides cancer survivors with the tools they need to take charge of their own health and quality of life. Times vary. Held at Carolina Pointe II. Call 919-843-5069 to learn more or view UNC Lineberger Cancer Support Calendar.
  • The LiveFit Cancer Exercise Program is a 10-week exercise program for cancer survivors who have been treated within the last year. The program is limited to 6-12 participants. Classes will be held at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont. Each exercise session will consist of a small group routine that varies each week. Progressive exercise will include, but is not limited to: Cardio Machines, Strength Training, Functional Training, Core Training, and Flexibility/Range of Motion Exercises (for example: Aqua Aerobics, Yoga, Low-impact Aerobics, and Mindfulness/Meditation Training). For more information, please contact the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont at 919-966-5500 or visit www.uncwellness.com. 
    For more information about these services and other classes and presentations offered by the CCSP, view the Cancer Support Calendar. For more information about Integrative Medicine and Complementary therapies (CAM) and related resources, check out these recommended websites.