The programme is delivered at Xercise4Less North and is available to patients at different stages of cancer treatment, offering free health and fitness coaching and advice to help them increase their physical activity and improve their confidence with the long term aim of assisting in recovery from this disease. The two charities will run four 12-week programmes during the next 12 months.
The partnership will also include community health checks at matches, education in schools and raising awareness of the importance of the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer among Rugby League fans.
Studies have shown that people tend to significantly reduce the amount of physical activity they do after being diagnosed with cancer and this can remain low for many years after their treatment is completed. Although the traditional approach has been that 'rest is best' during cancer treatment and rehabilitation, research suggests that low levels of physical activity in patients with cancer can result in symptoms of fatigue and a reduced quality of life.
The sessions will involve both educational content and a focus on exercise, introduced through taster activities to build confidence and improve the health and well-being of the attendees. There will also be a series of guest speakers on money management and health and diet advice.
For more information on the Cancer Rehabilitation course contact firstname.lastname@example.org