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Physical Activity Advice Training


Being physically active during and after cancer treatment can have multiple benefits including slowed disease progression, improved survival and reduced recurrence. Physical activity helps cancer patients maintain physical condition, can help improve psychological wellbeing and can reduce some consequences of treatment such as fatigue, anxiety and swelling.

In the UK only 23% of cancer patients are active to the national recommendations and 31% are completely inactive. A cancer diagnosis offers an opportunity in which patients might be more receptive to lifestyle changes. Healthcare professionals are well placed to offer physical activity advice and signpost to further support. However, we know that few cancer patients are given information about being physically active during and after their treatment.

Living Well Active can now offer face to face training sessions for health care professionals on understanding physical activity and cancer. Our trainer is available to attend pre‐existing training days or protected learning time sessions to deliver the training.

Cancer patients come into contact with many professionals. These interactions provide an opportunity to initiate a change in behaviour. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recommends that all health, wellbeing and social care staff should be encouraged to deliver very brief advice to motivate people to make a lifestyle change.

This training programme is built around evidence-based behaviour change techniques. The training programme has been shown to increase practitioners’ knowledge, develop their skills and lead to improved practice.

Learning outcomes
• Understand the importance of physical activity for people living with cancer.

• Find out what resources are available to support people living with cancer to become more active.

• Learn how to deliver effective advice on physical activity to people living with cancer in less than two minutes.

Who is it for?
All healthcare professionals coming into contact with people living with cancer.

45-75 minutes is required for the session. At least 60 minutes is preferable.

If you are interested in setting up your own physical activity and cancer training, please contact complete and submit form on the right with details of suitable training days including the date, time and key contact.


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