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Move More NI is up and running

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Macmillan’s Heather Monteverde, boxer Michael Conlon and Sports Minister Paul Givan at Titanic Belfast to launch Move More

Macmillan is delighted to have launched the Move More programme, a new initiative aiming to help people living with cancer in Northern Ireland to benefit from physical activity as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

So far schemes in Antrim & Newtownabbey and Ards & North Down are underway, involving an individually-tailored programme of physical activity. The service consists of 11 projects, meaning people in every council area can be supported to become and stay active at level that’s right for them.

Three more schemes are set to be rolled out by the end of 2016, in Belfast City Council, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon council and Lisburn & Castlereagh areas. Macmillan will continue to work with district councils, Health and Social Care Trusts and physical activity providers to ensure Move More is established right across Northern Ireland.

A growing body of evidence shows physical activity can play a vital role in helping to prevent cancer recurrence,  reduce the spread of the disease and slow disease progression as well as mitigating side effects and consequences of treatment such as fatigue.

Speaking at the launch in Titanic Belfast, Professor Jane Maher, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We want to see physical activity play a much more prominent role during both treatment and recovery, and it is great to see that people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland now have the opportunity to benefit.”

Take five minutes with our video and find out how people living with cancer are already feeling the benefits of Move More schemes. Click here to visit our YouTube page.

Helping people with cancer make the most of physical activity

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Diarmaid McAuley is the Macmillan Physical Activity Manager in Northern Ireland.

A recent and growing body of evidence has highlighted that being physically active during and after cancer treatment can provide a variety of positive health and wellbeing benefits that improve clinical and quality of life outcomes. Following an active lifestyle has been shown to:

  • Reduce the consequences of treatment,
  • Reduce co-morbidities,
  • Reduce disease progression,
  • Decrease mortality,
  • Decrease recurrence.

For the last 16 months, I have been working as the Macmillan Physical Activity Manager in Northern Ireland. My role is to ensure that everyone living with cancer is aware of the benefits of physical activity and can choose to become active at a level that’s right for them.

In my previous role with Sport Northern Ireland, my primary responsibility was to manage and coordinate ‘Active Communities’. This £14million investment programme is designed to increase participation in physical activity, especially among under-represented groups. The position offered me the opportunity to work with a diverse range of key stakeholders, with the aim of supporting the least active in our society to initiate and sustain active lifestyles. That experience and those partnerships are particularly relevant to my work with Macmillan.

We are currently working to establish ‘Move More Northern Ireland’, a project that will provide people living with and beyond cancer with the support, encouragement and motivation. They will receive information about the benefits of physical activity from healthcare professionals, opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities tailored to their individual needs and interests, and the behaviour change support that they may require to remain active.

As we develop ‘Move More Northern Ireland’, we are working with key partners including health and social care trusts, district councils, healthy living centres, community and voluntary organisations, other physical activity providers. Our goal is to maximise the physical activity opportunities that already exist throughout Northern Ireland, and where gaps in provision exist, we are working to find solutions.

Crucially, we recognise the need for diversity. Physical activity means different things to different people – for some, it may mean getting along to a gym, going swimming, taking an exercise class or getting involved in sport. For others, it could mean walking a little further each day or joining a walking group, doing some gardening, or being active with children and grandchildren.

The project will support people living with and beyond cancer to identify the opportunities that work best for them, to access those opportunities at a time and place which is convenient, and to find a way to ensure that physical activity becomes an integrated part of their lifestyle.

Move More Northern Ireland will be launched this year to support people living with cancer to enjoy an improved quality of life by becoming and remaining active.