Category: Clinical Trials/Studies

Chicago Tribune | Exercise linked to fewer memory problems in breast cancer survivors

Featuring EPL alumna, Siobhan Phillips!


Breast cancer survivors who exercised more were less likely to report memory problems in a new study by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study looked at moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking, biking and jogging, and complaints of memory problems, which are common among breast cancer survivors. The authors found that physical activity was linked to lower levels of distress and fatigue, which in turn were associated with fewer reported memory problems. Continue.

The Activity, Cancer & Cognition Evaluation (ACCE) Study has successfully completed all testing! Thank you to the participants and to the team for their dedication, hard work, and contributions! ACCE

The FlexToBa Multiple Sclerosis Trial has successfully completed recruitment! Thank you to the participants and to the team for their hard work and contributions!


The EPL is now recruiting for The FlexToBa for MS trial! logo_FTBMS

This study examines the effects of a DVD-delivered physical activity program on functional limitations and quality of life in adults with multiple sclerosis. This program has been systematically developed in the EPL over the past decade and focuses on three critical elements of physical fitness for individuals with MS: flexibility, toning (i.e., strength), and balance. The exercise prescription is carefully structured to be challenging yet attainable via an assortment of modifications to better meet individual needs (i.e., varying levels of physical function and abilities). To learn more and see if you or someone you know qualifies, visit our website at


HHS HealthBeat | Seniors home exercise

Working out with a safe and sensible exercise DVD can do a senior good. At the University of Illinois, Edward McAuley tested a DVD program that focused on flexibility, toning and balance.

McAuley says most of the 307 seniors stayed with it over the six months of the study, and did about as much work as the program required.  And he says physical tests showed they wound up in better shape. Continue.

We are still recruiting for the Fit & Active Seniors Trial! Click here to learn more and sign up for this fun, free exercise program!logo_FAST


The EPL is now recruiting for Wave 3 of the Fit and Active Seniors Trial (FAST)! This federally funded project examines the effects of two physical activity programs on psychological and physical function in adults aged 60-79 years. To learn more and see if you qualify, please visit our website at 

The second wave of the 6-month FAST exercise program began this week.  The EPL would like to thank all participants for their commitment to the program and wish them luck in their journey to leading an active lifestyle!

Congratulations to the Wave 1 FAST participants on successfully completing the six-month exercise trial and subsequent testing.

Best of luck to all on maintaining an active lifestyle!

(Wave 1 FAST Dance participants and staff)

(Wave 1 FAST SSS participants and staff)

Today marks the first official day of the Fit & Active Seniors Trial (FAST; Wave 1).  Participants arrived to Freer Hall this morning to participate in Functional Fitness Testing, after which they received their exercise group assignment: Dance or Stretching, Stability, & Strength.  Group orientations will be conducted this Wednesday morning at CRCE or the ARC, and the first day of exercises will begin this Friday.  Good luck to all of our participants on beginning (and sticking with) their new, active lifestyles!