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To contribute to the EXSS Departmental mission “To discover, create, and promote knowledge of human movement to improve the quality of life of individuals and society”, students and faculty within the graduate Exercise Physiology Specialization participates in a variety of community endeavors.


Dr. Battaglini’s Get REAL & HEEL research program partnered with community agencies in central NC to provide free community-based health education sessions for breast cancer survivors. In an effort to extend reach for typically underserved breast cancer survivors that are not able to attend the center-based program, the program coordinators developed a condensed, interactive workshopbased on the center’s treatment protocol. The workshop was offered free of charge to all breast cancer survivors in the 13-county area represented by the NC Triangle Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which provided funding for this initiative. Workshops were hosted and promoted through partnerships with community health agencies, breast cancer support groups, and cancer treatment centers in each county.