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

New partnership supporting people affected by cancer locally to get active in Walsall

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A new partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting people affected by cancer across Walsall to get active, and feel good.

Caroline Larkin is the new NHS Macmillan Physical Activity Advisor in Walsall providing one-to-one Feel Good consultations for people affected by cancer to support them in finding safe and effective ways of becoming more active.

Caroline is a level 4 registered exercise professional in Cancer Rehabilitation and has been working as a Physical Activity Advisor for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for six years encouraging families to become more active and lead a healthy lifestyles and running specialist Weight Management Clinics and Pregnancy Post Natal classes.

She says, “I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to work Macmillan as I know the positive difference that physical activity can make to people’s lives. I think that my previous experience of working with people from all backgrounds and with a variety of different health conditions will put me in a good position to support patients with cancer. Within our service we do already have many people who have had or are still living with cancer and are attending our sessions regularly.

Being based within the Trust is great as it means we already have some good relationships amongst the healthcare professionals here and it will be easier for us to become better integrated within the care pathway. Initially I am working primarily with the Breast Care Team and they are using an opt out policy for their patients, so as part of the care pathway all their patients have the opportunity to meet with me for a one-to-one Feel Good consultation.This service is the first of its kind in Walsall and will give opportunities to lots of people.”

For further information about the Walsall Physical Activity Project contact Caroline at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Lifestyle Services on 01922 444044.