Pals for Life

Pals for Life

A safe and effective research-based exercise program designed specifically for cancer survivors

FREE Small Group Training Program for Breast Cancer Survivors following the University of Pennsylvania PAL (Physical Activity and Lymphedema Study) protocol. PALS for Life welcomes anyone who has been affected by breast cancer. A consultation with a physical therapist is required to participate.

Who Is PALS For? READ THE BLOG
Upper Valley Aquatic Center wants PALS for Life to bring safe and effective research-based exercise to as many breast cancer survivors as possible! PALS for Life welcomes anyone who has been affected by breast cancer. All survivors are encouraged to stay active. Strength training, if performed correctly and with proper guidelines, is very safe and extremely beneficial for those who have, or may be at risk for lymphedema.

How Can I Participate?

  • Physical therapist clearance and referral is required.
  • Must have finished chemotherapy and radiation.
  • If you have any swelling you should be seen by a Physical Therapist prior to starting.
  • Once radiation is complete, wait 4-6 weeks

What is Lymphedema?
It is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system that can occur after breast cancer surgery-and/or radiation treatment. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well and, as fluid builds up, swelling occurs. Experts estimate that 5% to 40% of women will experience some level of lymphedema after breast cancer surgery. The PALTrials sought to examine the role of weightlifting both of breast cancer survivors with and at risk for lymphedema. The study found that a slow progressive weightlifting regimen allowed women to put activity back into their daily lives and did not increase their risk of developing lymphedema. In fact, women with lymphedema saw a significant decrease in the size of their affected arm and were better able to complete activities of daily living.

PALS Is Life Changing Lives

  • “Training has helped my lymphedema symptoms and swelling. I see that it is safe for me to actually lift things again.”
  • “My mood has improved. My mood is dampened if I miss exercise sessions.”
  • “I enjoy exercising with other women who have been through the same treatment. We are all doing the same thing- we are getting stronger and moving forward with our lives.”
  • “Exercise has become an important part of my life and has been a key component of my recovery.”
  • “My doctor loves that I am doing this. He says I look wonderful.”
  • Personal Training for breast cancer survivors is NOT a luxury-it is a positive step towards well-being.”

Voices of Breast Cancer Survivors in the Upper Valley from CATV 8 on Vimeo.

PALS for Life

  • FREE UVAC Membership with full use of the facilities and equipment
  • FREE small group training
  • FREE land and aquatic fitness classes
  • Childcare for an additional fee
  • Lymphedema Seminar provided by staff from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS @ 10:30am-12:00pm (12-weeks) • FREE

  • December 5 – March 10 (with two weeks off 12/19 -1/2)
  • March 7 – June 1
  • June 6 – August 24

PALS for Life BRIDGE PROGRAM

Affordably priced small group training for those who have completed the PALS protocol and want to do additional training.

  • UVAC Membership with full use of the facilities and equipment
  • FREE land and aquatic fitness classes
  • Childcare for a modest additional fee

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS @ 9:00-10:30am (12-weeks) • $49

  • December 5 – March 10 (with two weeks off 12/19 -1/2)
  • March 7 – June 1
  • June 6 – August 24

Living Beyond Cancer

Affordably priced group supported training for breast cancer survivors. Completion of PALS for Life protocol is not required to participate. There is mounting evidence that exercise and rehabilitative interventions improve outcomes for cancer survivors. Join us!

  • Physical Therapy consult required to assess appropriateness of program
  • Includes Membership
  • Supervised group exercise program 3x weekly
  • Improve balance and range of motion
  • Aerobic, resistance, flexibility training
  • Trainer available at all times for assistance, progression, or modification of exercises

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAYS @ 11am -12pm • $55 monthly • Open enrollment  (4 month minimum commitment)