25 March 2015
Responding to the Health Select Committee’s report on the impact of physical activity and diet on health, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services & Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
"Physical inactivity kills as many people as smoking. One in six of us will now die because of our lack of physical activity which poses one of this country’s most urgent challenges. The government has a central role to play in creating an environment where people can make healthier choices and must embrace a range of interventions when it comes to improving the nation’s health.
“It is estimated that at least 1.6 million cancer survivors are not physically active at nationally recommended levels and therefore could be at greater risk of serious long term health problems and some cancers recurring. Physical activity, such aswalking, is very important to the recovery process of cancer. Public health commissioners and physical activity providers should provide opportunities for cancer patients to be exercise in the same way that they do for other long term conditions.
“We welcome the findings of the select committee and we call on the new government to be bold, and put inplace the structures for people to be able to make healthy choices.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle Media & PR Officer
Macmillan Cancer Support
0207840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives.But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved,call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too.If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 80800 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk