Mid Ulster District Council and Macmillan have joined forces to help people living with cancer improve their health and well-being through physical activity.
The programme is for all people who have had a cancer diagnosis and are at any stage of their cancer journey or now cancer free.
Changes to service due to COVID-19 pandemic
Our thoughts are with anyone who has been directly affected by this virus and all Move More participants who are dealing with the impact of this.
We understand how worrying this time can be for cancer patients and we want to continue to provide support. There are changes that need to be made to facilitate the ongoing delivery of the programme and still adhere to government recommendations on staying at home, essential travel, social distancing and gatherings:
- We continue to accept new referrals into the program through health care professionals or you can still self-refer using our Co-ordinator Conor's contact information on the right of the page
- For all participants already on the program we are developing resources to help you be active at home, such as WhatsApp, Move More NI Facebook / YouTube
- As well as encouraging participants to use their Move More DVD we can also post these Macmillan packs out directly to clients living with cancer
- Over the next few weeks keep checking out Move More NI and Mid Ulster District Council social media channels and you will see new videos updated from all our Move More coordinators throughout N Ireland. We will offer a range of activities such as home based sessions in Dance, Circuits, Strength and Balance and Pilates
- We will also adapt and tailor a specific program to each client’s needs ensuring safety, so please feel free to contact Conor to arrange this
Why move more?
Becoming more physically active is a positive change when you are living with or after cancer. Cancer and its treatments can make things feel very uncertain. Doing something for yourself like becoming more active can help you feel better and more in control. Research suggests that along with having a healthy diet, being physically active can help reduce the risk of some cancer types coming back. It can also help reduce the risk of developing other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Being active can help to:
- Reduce tiredness (fatigue)
- Help look after your heart
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Help you keep to a healthy weight
- Strengthen your muscles
- Improve balance
- Increase confidence
Our Macmillan Move More Co-ordinator, Conor Fox, will be on hand to support you through the programme, through specific group classes that allow you to meet others who understand just what you are living with, or by providing you with a tailored activity programme that works with you and what you prefer to do, whether that's hitting the gym, taking a dip in the pool, getting on a bike for a spin or gentle walking in the fresh air.
How does it work?
The programme provides you with:
- Access to group support
- Cancer specific classes such as circuits, Strength & Balance and many more activities
- 1 – 1 support for up to a year on living with and dealing with your cancer
Cookstown Leisure Centre
Cancer Rehab Conditioning - Mondays at 10am
Cancer Rehab Swim Lessons - Mondays at 12.30pm
Greenvale Leisure Centre
Cancer Rehab Conditioning - Tuesdays at 11am
Cancer Rehab and Virtual Spin - Tuesdays at 12.30pm
Dungannon Leisure Centre
Cancer Rehab Class - Fridays 9.30am to 10am
Cancer Rehab Open Gym - Fridays 10am to 11am
To find out more and how the programme can help you, either contact Conor on 03000 132 132, mobile 07788 682 163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.