The key to surviving cancer
CANCER Council NSW and the University of Newcastle have released the results of a nutrition and physical activity trial for cancer survivors.
The new data, published in the American Journal of Health Behaviour, shows trial participants who completed the nutrition and physical activity intervention were able to maintain lifestyle improvements.
Results showed weight and BMI remained stable and participants kept up increased levels of physical activity in the 12 months post trial.
"Both of those factors - physical activity and a healthy weight - have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, and improve the psychosocial health of cancer survivors, so those results are really promising," the Cancer Council's Brenna Smith said.
"We found that 12 months after the trial, 67 percent of participants continued to improve their level of physical activity, 63 percent maintained increased levels of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, and 46 percent maintained their weight."
Because cancer survivors face physical and emotional challenges after treatment, Cancer Council NSW offers its own cancer survivor lifestyle program: ENRICHing Survivorship in collaboration with the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute Coffs Harbour.
ENRICHing Survivorship encourages a healthier lifestyle. Physical activities and nutrition information are coached in two-hour sessions, over eight-weeks.
Healthy lifestyle sessions are co-facilitated by an exercise specialist and dietitian. Sessions contain a mix of resistance and cardiovascular exercise, healthy eating knowledge and skill development. The program also includes a yoga and mindfulness session, taught by qualified tutors, and a peer support session, led by volunteers, which provide practical information and support.
"We encourage all cancer survivors on the Coffs Coast to join the ENRICHing Survivorship program to help them move towards and maintain a healthier lifestyle, which will reduce their risk of cancer recurrence, and increase overall wellbeing," said MNCCI's Jill Harrington said.
ENRICHing Survivorship program will start on Friday, March 16 and run for eight weeks at MNCCI Coffs Harbour.
To register go to cancercouncil.com.au/ENRICH or call 1300 360 541.