The Adams State University Department of Kinesiology will continue important research on the effects of exercise on the physical, mental, and social health of cancer survivors. The program is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the study this fall.

The 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. 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
Participants in the spring program complete a cool down stretch with kinesiology graduate student Ines Curti, program coordinator, leading the way.

All cancer survivors ages 18 years or older are welcome regardless of gender, type, or stage of cancer. This fall’s research study begins the week of August 29 with appointments for individual fitness testing.  There is no cost to the participant, but completing the entire twelve weeks of the study is essential to ensure accurate results are obtained. The study consists of one week of pre-testing followed by 10 weeks of exercise, with post-testing starting the week of November 14.    Federal and local COVID-19 guidelines for safe indoor activities will be followed.

Every participant will take part in the exercise program and specific participants, randomly selected following pre-testing, will be provided common nutritional supplements. At the end of the study, group results will be calculated and the groups will be compared for changes in fitness and overall health.

Interested participants are encouraged to attend a pre-registration meeting at 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18; or 1 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Adams State East Campus Building, room 101. An additional meeting for interested participants begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Adams State East Campus Building, room 108. 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 Kinesiology Department program coordinator: Ines Curti at 859-684-3511, email or Peggy Johnson at 719-589-0593, email

The program is funded through a two-year grant from the Colorado Cancer Coalition and support from the SLV Health Foundation, including the Larry Holder Memorial Golf Tournament.