A new fitness initiative to help people build up their fitness and help them beat cancer is proving a big hit in Fife.
Move More Fife, which is currently offered at the Kirkcaldy sports and leisure centre, was officially launched by Michael Matheson, Scottish Health Minister, at the Michael Woods Sports Centre in Glenrothes last week.
The 12-week community-based activity programme for cancer patients or those who have undergone treatment in the past, is being delivered by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Fife.
During his visit, Mr Matheson heard first-hand testimonies from patients already enrolled in classes.
MoveMore Fife is available at five of the Trust’s leisure centres across the region, with plans to offer more classes at other facilities as demand grows. Already, response to the programme has been very positive, with organisations referring around 100 patients to MoveMore Fife.
Mr Matheson said: “We all know that physical activity is important to our health and wellbeing. This is even more vital for cancer patients. Not only can it have an uplifting result; it also plays a role in helping those who have gone through cancer treatment to reduce the risk of it coming back.
“I would like to pay tribute to Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Fife, who in delivering this service are helping more people to improve their quality of life and supporting their return to an active, healthy lifestyle.”
Jacquie Stringer, health and physical activity manager, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Being able to offer physical activity programmes in a community-based setting has proven to be a real benefit to patient outcomes and offers health professionals an additional tool in patient care.”
Tom McInnes, Macmillan development manager said: “We know that being active during and after treatment can maintain physical function, minimise the side effects of treatment and could help prevent recurrence. ”
Dr Brian Montgomery, medical director of NHS Fife, said: “NHS Fife is committed to working alongside our partners in order to support patients in maintaining physical activity throughout their treatment and beyond.”
‘It has given me more energy’
Joanna Forrest (64), and her husband Bill took part in the programme after hearing about it through Macmillan.
“I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I really enjoyed it and it is doing Bill, who has diabetes, good too,” said joanna.
“When we finished the programme we joined the gym in Kirkcaldy and have been going since. It has given me a lot more energy - and confidence.”