15 January 2015
People affected by cancer across Sheffield can get support to be active
An exciting physical activity programme for people affected by cancer has been launched in Sheffield. Active Everyday, launched on 1 January 2015, is open to anyone affected by cancer who would like support to become more physically active.
The number of people surviving cancer is increasing: in Sheffield alone, the number of people living with and beyond cancer could rise to an estimated 28,500 by 2030.
Many cancer survivors experience long-lasting negative effects of their disease and treatment including fatigue, weight changes and depression. A survey conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 78% of people living after cancer experienced at least one of these problems in the 12 months following treatment.
As part of Active Everyday, specially trained physical activity instructors will empower people to be proactive on their journey to becoming more physically active.
‘We know that ongoing physical activity has a positive effect on an individual’s quality of life, but evidence shows that once a person is diagnosed with cancer their activity levels drop and they often find it difficult to get active again,’ says Liam Humphreys, a physical activity and cancer specialist who has been trained as part of the programme.
‘This is where Active Everyday comes in: people across Sheffield are supported by health and social care professionals to become, and importantly stay, active.’
With the help of an instructor, people affected by cancer are supported to become active in a way that they will enjoy and that best suits their needs. This can range from everyday activities such as dog-walking, joining an exercise class or taking up a new sport.
Active Everyday is part of the Macmillan Survivorship Partnership across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire which is working to ensure that people living with and beyond cancer are leading as healthy and active lives as possible. Macmillan Survivorship Partnership Programme Manager Hayley Williams said: ‘Projects such as Active Everyday are vital to support cancer survivors live the lives they choose after cancer.’
The project is funded by Sport England and Macmillan Cancer Support and is supported by Sheffield Move More and Sheffield Hallam University.
To find out more information or to sign up to Active Everyday you can get a local health professional (doctor, nurse, physiotherapist) to complete a Miracle Cure referral form or complete a self-referral form on the Move More website.