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Fitness fight against cancer in new pilot scheme

27 September 2016

Health Care

The Macmillan Cancer Centre at Southend University Hospital have joined forces with Active Life to run a six-week fitness and well-being pilot for those on cancer treatment or those post cancer treatment.

The course is free and will be held at St Luke's Church Community Centre, in Southend, and starts on Monday 3rd October, 1130am - 12.30pm.

Activise through Recovery is a programme designed to help participants feel healthier & relaxed through a combination of exercises to work the mind & body.

Using pilates, stretch and mindfulness techniques the sessions will help in reducing anxiety and depression as it some point half of all cancer patients will have bouts of anxiety and depression, and not all will want to have counselling.

Fred Englund, Manager of the Macmillan Centre explained: "Cancer patients are often too weak to take part in an established course as their energy levels are much lower and are too weak. By doing this course we hope it will help people build their fitness levels up to where they can do a regular course."

Sarah Potts, from Active Life, said :"Our experienced and friendly tutors will ensure that participants are welcomed into a relaxed environment where we will be helping cope with stress, reducing anxiety and worry, improving sleep, confidence and increasing energy levels. Sessions are for all abilities and exercises can also be done seated."

The course is designed for any cancer patients, those on or after treatment, and is not just open to patients just from Southend Hospital. The sessions will be held at St Lukes Community Centre, Southend.

Fred explained: "For many the hospital equals cancer and it's nice to be able to take events out to people into the community. If the pilot scheme is a success we could even have a rolling programme of courses.

"We are encouraging people to sign up for the course but recognise that they may well not be able to make all the sessions due chemo or feeling weak, this should not stop them signing up."

There is enough space for 20 people on the course but it is estimated a fifth may not be able to make each session due to how well they are feeling.

If you are interested in the free course please contact the Active Life Team on 01702 567327.