JumpSTART Exercise Study


What is JumpSTART?

The Survivors Taking Action with Remote Exercise Training (JumpSTART) study will deliver exercise classes remotely to cancer survivors in rural areas. 

Who is eligible?

Individuals who:

  • Are 60 years or older
  • Have completed treatment for Stage I-III cancer
  • Live in a rural community
  • Are not currently in an exercise program
  • Are willing to participate in the Enhance Fitness virtual exercise classes

What is involved?

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to:

  1. Complete research measures at three time points (0, 4, & 7 months)

    Measures include questionnaires (20-30 minutes to complete), tests of strength and balance, and wearing an accelerometer for 7 days (device to measure activity and step counts)

  2. Participate in live-streamed 1-hour Enhance Fitness exercise classes, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for 4 months.

  3. Participants agree to be randomly assigned to the start date for the exercise class series.

What is Enhance Fitness?
Enhance Fitness is a group exercise that helps older adults at all ability levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered. Please find additional information on the Participant Resources Page.

Is there a cost? Will I be compensated for my time?
Participation is free-the cost of the Enhance Fitness class and cuff weights are included as part of the study. Participants will be paid up to $50 for time and effort after completing the study.

What are the benefits?

  • Contribute to our understanding of remote exercises classes for cancer survivors.
  • Participate in virtual exercises in the comfort of your home.
  • Receive compensation (up to $50) for time and effort.

To  request more information please contact Nancy Gell at: 802-656-9265 or nancy.gell@med.uvm.edu 

If you would like to be contacted by our research team, click here: Contact Form