Exercising Together: A randomized controlled trial of partnered exercise training on the health of couples coping with cancer

Principal Investigator

Kerri Winters

Study Purpose

Exercising Together is a research study designed to learn more about the effect of a partnered exercise program on relationship quality and physical and emotional health in couples coping with prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer.
All classes are provided at no cost, classes will be conducted through teleconference, and home exercise equipment will be provided. Classes are 1 hour, 2 times per week, for 6 months. Participants will be selected to participate in 1 of 3 exercise groups:
1) Exercising Together©– supervised partnered strength training group exercise classes
2) Separate survivor and spouse/partner strength training group exercise classes
3) Unsupervised strength training exercise program using a video and home equipment

Medical Condition(s)

Prostate cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, relationship, exercise

Eligibility Criteria

Couples between the ages of 35-80 may be eligible to participate if either partner has been diagnosed with prostate, breast, or colorectal cancer within the last 3 years and has had treatment.

Age Range

35 - 80

Healthy Volunteers Needed


Duration of Participation

12 months

Minors Included



Ellis Hews, MUS


Anna Fuller Fund

Recruitment End


Compensation Provided



Couples will receive $20 compensation at each time point for completion of online surveys, $15 for remote physical performance assessments conducted via teleconference, and if in-person assessments are completed an additional $25 for in-person physical performance assessments and $40 for a blood draw will be given.

To offset travel burden of couples who live outside of the Portland metro area, a $25 remuneration will be provided at testing visits for couples whose travel exceeds a 60-mile roundtrip. In addition, we will provide added compensation for excess miles driven (outside of the 60-mile roundtrip) using the 2020 standard mileage rate for medical visits of 17 cents per mile. This compensation will not exceed $100 per testing time point. Furthermore, those traveling 150 miles or more roundtrip may be eligible for 1 night hotel stay in the OHSU vicinity at each testing assessment time point.

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