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Cancer Recovery & Fitness Program

In collaboration with the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care Survivorship Program, and the Mayo Clinic Health System, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is proud to offer an exercise recovery program for cancer survivors.  Supervised by Professor Matt Wiggins of the Department of Kinesiology, the Cancer Recovery & Fitness program is designed to help survivors reduce fatigue and build up their endurance either during or right after their cancer treatment has ended.  Dr. Wiggins has been involved in cancer research for the past 10 years, and was previously the founder and Director of the Exercise & Cancer Recovery Program at Murray State University (Kentucky) before coming to UWEC in 2008.


Our mission is to increase the quality of life in cancer survivors by providing a community outreach program that supports individuals physically, emotionally, and socially through exercise with students trained as cancer fitness specialists.

Services in the program include a personalized fitness plan, exercise with qualified personnel, and measurement of the physical and psychological impact exercise has on the participant. The Cancer Recovery & Fitness Program is conducted in the McPhee Center on the UWEC upper campus. Referrals to the program are necessary, and can be obtained from Nicole Pickett with the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care program (715-839-3956), or through the Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center (715-838-6072).

Example Upper Body and Lower Body stretching exercises.

Click here to learn how students in the Department of Kinesiology are gaining hands-on experiences that will help them after graduation (additional student experience). A story by the Leader-Telegram on the Cancer Recovery & Fitness Program.

For more information please contact:

Professor Matt Wiggins
Department of Kinesiology
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone: (715) 836-3159
Fax: (715) 836-4074