Move More Fife Walking

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Move More Fife was launched 2 years ago and is now expanding to include Move More Fife Walking. It is well known that walking is an extremely popular activity for people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis due to the social, accessible and fun nature of the activity.

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.

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“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.”

For more information about Move More Fife and Move More walking visit: http://www.fifeleisure.org.uk/index.cfm/health-and-llbeing/move-more-fife-walking/

Walsall Walk On

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Walsall residents who are battling cancer or are in remission are being offered the chance to go on free health walks that will improve their mood and reduce their stress thanks to a partnership between the local council, NHS and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Walsall Walk On is a weekly programme of free health walks held in parks and countryside spaces across the borough. Each of the health walks is led by a nationally qualified Walk Leader assisted by a qualified Back Marker to ensure the walks are tailored to suit everyone’s speed and ability.

Community activity co-ordinator Stuart Terry said: “Working alongside Macmillan Cancer Support has shown that being active is safe and has lots of benefits to help manage some of the side effects of cancer treatment. As well as meeting people in similar circumstances it also reduces cancer related fatigue, stress and anxiety and improves low mood or depression. For some cancer types physical activity can also lower your risk of the cancer coming back.”

The first walks will take place on Tuesday mornings, in Walsall Arboretum, meeting at the visitors centre at 9:45am for a 10am start.

For more infomation visit the Walking for Health website here

Getting Glasgow City Council Staff to Move More

MM glasgow eventA few weeks ago the Move More Glasgow team joined the Glasgow City Council Health Roadshows to tell staff from Glasgow City Council about the physical activity programmes available in their area. As well as having an information stand to tell people about the Move More Glasgow programme (which offers anyone affected by cancer a menu of opportunities to become more active), a health walk was on offer around the streets of Glasgow and one of the Level 4 cancer rehab instructors led a few 15 minute taster sessions.

The staff could gather information about the services for personal use but also to pass onto family, friends, colleagues and clients. In addition to information about Move More there were also representatives from the Macmillan@Glasgow Libraries Information and Support services, Healthy Work Lives and staff could take part in other activities including getting a hand massage and having their cholesterol checked.

Overall this was a great way of telling the staff at Glasgow City Council what is available to them and their clients in Glasgow. By putting on this event it gave council members and influential others a demonstration of the fantastic programme. Events like this can gather support, volunteers and potentially funding opportunities so if it sounds like something your project could benefit from why not plan one?

The team will be joining the health roadshow on their next stop around Glasgow in a few weeks and we look forward to hearing more about how they raise the profile of the Move More Glasgow programme.

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Guest piece: Ian’s story

IanRigbyHomeI was diagnosed with a rectal cancer in 2003 when I was 52 years old, unfortunately the cancer was well advanced and had spread to other parts of my body including the liver. After over a year of treatment including operations, chemo and radiotherapy I returned to my job as a Head teacher. The treatment left me with a colostomy and in a poor physical condition.Before the illness I was very fit, my main teaching subjects were P.E. and science, I ran and played volleyball regularly.Whilst recovering I joined a walking group called “Action for Life” located in the Tandridge area of Surrey. At first I could barely walk a few hundred metres but the leaders were helpful and encouraging and I slowly improved. When I retired from teaching in 2006  I trained as a leader and the group became “Walking for Health”, all the leaders are trained and have first aid knowledge,we are now linked to the Ramblers, YMCA and Macmillan. I lead two walks a week although the programme we offer has a walk nearly every day. All the walks are carefully planned and risk assessed and can be up to 3 miles in length. Walking on a regular basis both prevents and aids recovery from illness but one of the greatest benefits is the social side; several walkers with mental health issues often comment on how it has helped them.We regularly have between twenty and thirty walkers and they all agree it has helped them health wise, socially and in reducing stress. I have always felt that if you think you can do something you probably can! By the way I am back playing volleyball.

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Get walking with Paths for all

MMPaths for all is the Scotland equivalent of Walk for Health (mentioned in a previous post) and we’re working with them alongside Sport Aberdeen to deliver an extensive programme of health walks for people affected by cancer in Aberdeen city.

Walking is a fantastic activity for those who are just starting to be more active and the walks are free, sociable and of varying difficulty so anyone in the community can partake. The enthusiastic volunteers who lead the walks have all completed their training so are able to help you get the most out of a healthy, enjoyable walk, whatever your pace.

It’s a great opportunity to get together with likeminded people with similar life experiences and challenges or even leave those same things behind!

For more information please contact markbrown@sportaberdeen.co.uk or call 01224 577729. You can also access the Paths for all website here: http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/

Jantastic

Jantastic is a unique and exciting digital challenge that gives individuals and teams the structure and motivation to achieve their personal fitness, health and performance goals through the tough winter months. It’s perfect for that New Year’s resolution to add some physical activity into your lifestyle.

It’s a wonderful tool for whether you’re already an exercise junkie or just starting out with some moderate physical activity, and for the first time, Jantastic participants can set fitness targets in running, cycling and swimming (or a combination of the three) and also have the option of raising money for Macmillan via a one-off donation or by fundraising as they commit to their fitness goals.

Jantastic works across three distinct four-week blocks. Each block is about setting yourself a personal running/swimming/cycling goal and as Jantastic progresses through January, February and March so does the level of your challenge. And that’s the best part. It’s tailored to YOU and the level you are happy to start with, whether that’s walking 10 minutes or running for 30.

If you coordinate or help run a physical activity project encourage your service users to take part in Jantastic as motivation to reach their physical activity goals, whatever they are.

For more information about Jantastic head to https://www.jantastic.me/

Why we’re getting sporty

Physical Activity can have huge health benefits for people with cancer. So to encourage more people to get active, we’ve teamed up with Sport England to fund a new project called Get Healthy, Get into Sport.

One of the project’s ambassadors is Jonathan Deakin, who’s been a personal trainer for 18 years and was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour. In his role, he advises other people living with cancer about being physically active at levels that are right for them.

Jonathan says, ‘As the project ambassador, I hope to be able to pass on my experience of how exercise can be beneficial. I’m in the unique position of being able to appreciate the patient’s viewpoint.

‘I’ve always been extremely active and throughout my treatment I continued to exercise, albeit not as much. I feel that the combination of daily exercise like walking, together with a balanced strength training programme really helped me.

‘I may not be exercising at the same intensity but I’m still feeling all the benefits, such as improved energy levels, mental alertness and better sleep. Even if you haven’t exercised much before, I cannot emphasise enough how beneficial it can be for people with cancer.

‘Physical Activity has been a huge factor in managing my disease. Every time I walk into the gym or play tennis it feels like a victory over the brain tumour.’

To find out more about how we’re helping people with cancer get active, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/physicalactivity

Walking for Health

 

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Enjoying a scenic walk

Walking for Health

Together the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support run Walking for Health, helping people get and stay active. By sharing our walking and health expertise, we support 600 local schemes across England to offer short, free walks. Our aim is to help more people – including those affected by cancer – to discover the joys and health benefits of walking.

The walks are easily accessible, low impact, easy, of short duration and free and you can be confident when recommending your service users to our walks as they are all led by trained volunteers and risk assessed to ensure safety.

Sarah regularly walks with Walking for Health and had this to say, “It has been one of the best things I have ever done, I feel like I have found the real me again. I am healthier, fitter, happier and more confident.”

Many of the physical activity projects we support have already linked in with their local Walking for Health scheme to offer walks as part of your programme.  If you are yet to link up with your local scheme, simply visit walkingforhealth.org.uk and use the postcode finder at the top for details of your local walks and their coordinators. Individuals can turn up to their local walk, or you could discuss the possibility of developing new walks from your project sites with the coordinators.

Outside of England there are similar health walk programmes across the UK: Paths for All in Scotland, Walking for Health in Northern Ireland and Let’s Walk Cymru in Wales. You can find out more by visiting macmillan.org.uk/walkingforhealth.

Remember we’re here to help, so please feel free to contact us on physicalactivity@macmillan.org.uk for more information.