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Lucy, our Macmillan Wellness and Activity Co-ordinator, explains a little more about the new activity and wellness programme called 'Move More' and how you could become part of it.
Move More Southport and Formby is a partnership between Active Lifestyles, Macmillan Cancer Support and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group.
Find out more here or watch this explanatory video:
The aim of the programme is to support anyone living with cancer to become more active.
The programme offers its own physical and wellness activities such a gentle circuit class and relaxation session, a low impact chair class, gym, swimming and a gardening group. As well as support in helping cancer patients in becoming more aware, it will facilitate their participation in physical activity sessions that are readily available locally within the community, targeted to specific needs and interests.
Research is providing a growing body of evidence that being physically active during and after cancer treatment helps to provide a variety of health and well-being benefits. Notable among these is a significant reduction in the risk of cancer recurrence for some patients.
Being active can help benefit cancer patients in a number of ways:
Those referred to the programme will attend an initial appointment for a lifestyle review, and jointly agree with their coordinator a physical activity and wellness plan. After 12 weeks of activity there will be another appointment to discuss on going activity and review of the programme. Motivational support is offered throughout the 12 week period to participants and also up to a year post referral to help ensure their continuation of a healthy lifestyle.
If you would like more information about the programme please contact Lucy Holmes (Macmillan Physical activity and Wellness coordinator) on 0151 934 2352 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org .