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Shona Robison launches Dundee programme to help cancer patients ‘Move More’ with Head of Macmillan in Scotland Janice Preston (right)
Health Secretary Shona Robison today officially launched a programme to help cancer patients in Dundee become more active.
Macmillan Cancer Support has invested £250,000 to develop Move More Dundee in partnership with Leisure & Culture Dundee. The programme has been specifically designed for people affected by cancer and includes walking groups, gardening, gentle movement and circuits-based activity classes. Launching the service, Ms Robison said: “We all know that keeping active after cancer treatment can have a hugely positive impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. The work that Macmillan are doing through Move More supports the aim of our Cancer Strategy in helping people to live with and beyond cancer. Therefore, I am delighted to launch this new programme and look forward to hearing about its continued success in the future.” Helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer to ‘move more’ is a key focus for Macmillan. Extensive research has shown that being active during and after treatment is both safe and hugely beneficial and should be available to everyone with a diagnosis of cancer. The activities, which are all free of charge, will not only help people cope with the side effects of treatment, but also provide an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation and reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that a cancer diagnosis can bring