The Adams State University Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program offers cancer survivors in the San Luis Valley the opportunity to participate in an individualized exercise program conducted in a group setting which meets three times per week for 10 weeks.

Now in its fifth year, this program continues to offer a place where participants are able to work towards their personal fitness goals in a non-judgmental setting while enjoying a support network of fellow cancer survivors. The program also provides Adams State undergraduate and graduate kinesiology students experience in fitness testing as well as guiding and supporting program participants throughout the exercise program.

Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program, Coy Stocking
Coy Stocking, a participant in the initial Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program, continues to use a rowing machine for his daily cardio workout.

The Department of Kinesiology will continue important research on the benefits of several types of exercise on the physical, mental, and social health of cancer survivors. The program is funded through local support from the SLV Health Foundation, including the Larry Holder Memorial Golf Tournament, after completing a two-year grant from the Colorado Cancer Coalition.

All cancer survivors ages 18 years or older are welcome regardless of gender, type, or stage of cancer. This spring’s research study begins the week of January 22 with appointments for individual fitness testing. There is no cost to the participant, but completing the entire twelve weeks of the study is crucial to ensure accurate results are obtained. The study consists of one week of pre-testing followed by 10 weeks of exercise programming, with post-testing starting the week of April 8.

All participants will take part in the exercise program which consists of a combination of a resistance training circuit plus cardio training. Participants will be post-tested to determine any changes in fitness and overall health at the end of the study.

Interested participants are encouraged to attend one of the following pre-registration meetings: 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16; or 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. All meetings will be held in the Adams State East Campus Building, room 109. The East Campus building is located on the corner of First Street and La Veta Avenue in Alamosa.

For more information, or for those who can’t attend one of the scheduled pre-registration meetings, please contact the Adams State School of Kinesiology program coordinator: Nico Alvarez: 720-272-4635,; Rob Adams: 480-249-7859,; or Peggy Johnson: