‘Active Everyday , making it easier for people affected by cancer in Sheffield to move more’
A stakeholder event, bringing together health and social professionals, leisure providers, community organisations and cancer survivors from across the city, took place on Thursday 14 March to celebrate the project and unite – committing to support Sheffield people to move more and be physically active. Over 100 representatives from key partners Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Move More were present at the event.
Active Everyday is an exciting physical activity project helping to support all people affect be cancer to be physically active.
More people are affected cancer than ever before with many experiencing long lasting effects of their disease and treatment, including fatigue, weight changes and depression.
Leading a physically active lifestyle has many benefits both physically and emotionally yet many people are unsure how to get started. “This is where Macmillan Active Every Day comes in” says Project Lead Lindsey Reece, Sheffield Hallam University, “ Active Everyday offers personalised advice from physical activity and cancer specialists , as well as training for health and social care professionals, so together people affected by cancer, can be empowered to become active and importantly stay active.”
Active Everyday is jointly funded by Macmillan and Sport England to promote the benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors. It is part of the region-wide Cancer Survivorship Programme 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.
Thursday’s event heared from people living with and beyond cancer. They passionately explained how Active Everyday’s work has encouraged and supported them to stay physically active and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Macmillan Cancer Support Programme Manager Hayley Williams said: “Active Everyday in an inspiring project that does some amazing work to support people living with and beyond cancer.
“At every stage it promotes a positive message for cancer patients. It is about keeping fit, making new friends and having a support network in place.
“Active Everyday is what the cancer survivorship programme is all about. It supports, empowers and encourages people living with and beyond cancer across the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area.”
Active Everyday is open to anyone affected by cancer who would like support to become more physically active. It is part of the Macmillan Cancer Care Survivorship Programme www.macmillan.org.uk/survivorship