Fife walking programme launched to help those living with cancer

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A physical-activity programme developed specifically for people during and after cancer treatment is set to offer more support to people across Fife.

Move More Fife a pioneering community-based physical activity programme launched two years ago by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust – the region’s leading sports and leisure service provider – in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, is now expanding to include Move More Fife Walking.

The free 12-session programme consisting of short, sociable walks from a number of the Trust’s leisure centres aims to offer physical activity, as well as a supportive environment for those living with cancer.

Move More Fife Walking is open to people who self-refer and those who are referred by health professionals, as well as those already attending Move More Fife. On completion of the programme, participants are signposted to other options in order to keep active – such as the Trust’s gyms, fitness classes or other specialist classes within the health and wellbeing programme.

Jacquie Stringer, health and physical activity manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Move More Fife Walking is a great way for people during or after cancer treatment to take part in physical activity while enjoying the social support of people in similar circumstances. There is lots of evidence to show that physical activity for people during and after cancer treatment can provide benefits to improved physical function, relief from fatigue, nausea and improve quality of life. Equally, for those living with cancer, physical activity helps support a return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

“We have volunteers who will help take walks which last around 30 minutes – the volunteers come with a variety of backgrounds and most have been involved in our health programme previously. People taking part are welcome to bring along a family member or friend if they prefer. We hope the programme will offer people across Fife both emotional and physical benefits following a cancer diagnosis.”

Move More Fife Walking is available at Cupar Leisure Centre, Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, Glenrothes, Beacon Leisure Centre, Burntisland, and Duloch Leisure Centre, Dunfermline.

For full details visit www.fifeleisure.org.uk