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“Joleen Prystupa is conducting the research as part of her final credits toward her degree in kinesiology. And there is no better way to study the mind than with a few willing participants.

Prystupa will be focusing in on a very specific target group — cancer survivors struggling with anxiety — and is putting the call out for a spring start-up. The group will head out with her twice a week for eight weeks, to get into nature through trail walking together.

‘We are hypothesizing that being outside will reduce anxiety in cancer survivors,’ she says. Cancer survivors are susceptible to anxiety following treatment, worrying about recurrences while physically and mentally recovering from surgeries, chemotherapy and/or radiation. ‘It’s almost a PTSD from the negative experience,’ she says.”

Learn more about Joleen’s study and how you can participate here!

#UFVResearch #Abbotsford #Chilliwack #CancerSurvivors #NatureTrails

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