ActiveMatch Helps Cancer Survivors Find Exercise Partners

Silhouette of two women running - ActiveMatch logo
Monday, December 14, 2015

Individuals should be active at any point in the cancer diagnosis and treatment process because participating in physical activity is associated with numerous benefits including improvements in cancer survival rates, physical functioning, quality of life, mood, happiness, self-esteem, body image, and many other benefits. Unfortunately, starting and sticking with an exercise program can be a challenge.

“One of the biggest barriers that women have reported repeatedly is a lack of social support, or ‘no one to exercise with,’” says Dr. Catherine Sabiston, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

In an attempt to address this barrier, Dr. Sabiston and her colleagues have developed ActiveMatch. This free online tool helps women who have been diagnosed with cancer find an exercise partner (or small group). The aim of the tool is to connect women facing similar issues so that they can conquer them together, particularly through exercise.

You can sign up to create a profile and identify characteristics that you look for in an exercise partner (e.g., similar age, exercise history, cancer history, and preference for type of exercise) and the website will help match you with your ideal exercise partner who lives close to you. The development and evaluation of ActiveMatch is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Innovation Grant.

This program is currently offered to women of any age, particularly in Southwestern Ontario. Women are also encouraged to sign-up from anywhere in Canada as ActiveMatch has the potential to be rolled out nationwide, as well. For more details, email activematchwomen@gmail.com. You can also find ActiveMatch on Facebook, and find out more by watching this informative video: