24 June 2015
A new programme to help people in Aberdeen City affected by cancer get active has launched. Macmillan Cancer Support has invested over £200,000 to develop Move More Aberdeen in partnership with Sport Aberdeen.
The programme has been specifically designed for people affected by cancer and includes walking groups, a gentle movement class, circuits-based activity classes and gardening.
Helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer to ‘move more’ is a key focus for Macmillan. Extensive research has shown that being active during and after treatment is both safe and hugely beneficial and should be available to everyone with a diagnosis of cancer.
The activities, which are all free of charge, will not only help people cope with the side effects of treatment, but also provide people with an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation and reduce the loneliness and isolation that the disease can create for those affected.
Janice Preston, General Manager for Macmillan in Scotland said: 'Traditionally people have been told that rest was best, and while it is right to rest at certain times, it is also really beneficial to get moving too. Research shows that being active during and after treatment can not only help with the side effects but also reduce loneliness and isolation many people feel.
'We realise many people may feel nervous about building up their activity levels, particularly if it’s for the first time after treatment or if they haven’t been very active for a while, which is why Macmillan is working with Sport Aberdeen to provide this programme specifically for people affected by cancer.'
Alistair Robertson, Managing Director for Sport Aberdeen said: 'Sport Aberdeen is delighted to enter this really exciting partnership with the nationally renowned charity Macmillan Cancer Support so we can develop and run the Move More Aberdeen project. We have combined their resources, expertise and enthusiasm to ensure that Move More Aberdeen will make a really positive impact which will enable local people affected by cancer to gain the many benefits from becoming more physically active.'
Dr Trevor McGoldrick, Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Anchor Unit Aberdeen Royal Infirmary commented: 'The oncologists in Grampian are delighted to support this important initiative. There is mounting evidence to support the role of increased physical activity in patients affected by cancer. Not only may increased physical activity reduce the side effects of cancer treatments and improve quality of life but excitingly may also possibly reduce the risk for cancer recurrence and improve survival from cancer.'
Move More Aberdeen is free of charge and available to cancer patients and their supporters. To find out more call your local Move More Coordinator on 01224 577 729 or email MoveMore@sportaberdeen.co.uk
The Move More programme is supported by, CLAN Cancer Support, Paths for All and NHS Grampian.
For support getting into or back into physical activity you can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/movemore and request an information pack or call our support line on 0808 808 0000.