New physical activity and diet program for cancer survivors
11 January 2016
Healthy habits can reduce the chance of cancer returning for those who have already overcome the disease.
Cancer Council has launched a free program and invites residents from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, who have completed treatment (with curative intent) for any type of cancer at any time, to join if they want to get active, eat better and feel better.
The program is easy to follow and will equip participants with their own health coach, who will call over a six month period to set and help reach physical activity and healthy eating goals.
Professor Michael Jefford, from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, sees a need for programs like this to help people stay cancer free.
"For those who have survived cancer, adopting healthy habits is really important," Professor Jefford said. "These habits can help reduce the risk of cancer coming back, and also prevent development of other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
"Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health," he said.
For more information on participating in the Healthy Living after Cancer program call 13 11 20.