What is Steps to Wellness?
Steps to Wellness (STW) is a 12 week supervised group exercise program for cancer survivors, during which there are also educational opportunities provided for lifestyle management. The program is open to all survivors, regardless of their type of cancer or time since diagnosis. The supervised gym program is offered free of charge, thanks to the Victoria Buffum Endowed Fund at the UVM Cancer Center, Jane S. Lande and the Larner College of Medicine at UVM Marathon Team, as well as ongoing philanthropic support from members of the community.
Download the Steps to Wellness brochure.
How to Get Started
Your oncology provider or primary care physician may refer you to the program, or you may contact the program directly. Each participant begins the program with a medical assessment and physical therapy evaluation to ensure they are safe and appropriate to complete the prescribed exercises. These evaluations will be billed to your insurance provider. Once these evaluations are completed, you will be assigned a start date. The first 3 sessions of the program will include orientation to the gym space, equipment, and exercise program.
If you are not ready to begin the supervised Steps to Wellness exercise program due to pain, balance, deconditioning/fatigue, lymphedema, or orthopedic issues, you may be referred to one on one skilled physical therapy in order to address these needs. Once improvements are made in these areas, your physical therapist may transition you back to the supervised Steps to Wellness exercise program.
Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors
The 12 week supervised group exercise program will take place 2 days per week, with multiple options for days and times. The program includes cardiovascular, strength, and balance components performed during each session. As the STW program is an ongoing research study, measurements are commonly performed to assess each participant’s progress over the 12 week program. Exercise trainers are available at all times for assistance, progression, or modification of exercises. Once you have completed the 12 week program, you have the option to continue attending the gym for a monthly fee.
The program takes place at 62 Tilley Drive, South Burlington VT, 05403.
What to Bring to the Exercise Program
The facilities have private locker rooms with changing areas and showers.
- Loose, Comfortable Clothing
- Water Bottle
- A Smile and Upbeat Attitude!
For additional questions or to schedule an appointment-
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm Phone: 802-847-9852
Below you can find links and resources for cancer education and support.