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Walking group offers a range of benefits to those with cancer diagnosis

13th April 2023

Image of two people walking along tow path

Those living with a cancer diagnosis are being encouraged to put their best foot forward to boost their wellbeing.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Macmillan Cancer Health and Wellbeing Support Team are establishing walking group in the Newry area for people who want to maintain an active lifestyle following a cancer diagnosis.

Caroline Hillen, Macmillan Personalised Care Project Worker, said that research suggests regular physical activity can have many health and wellbeing benefits for those living with a cancer diagnosis.

“Any type of physical activity can have a crucial role in both ‘pre-habilitation’ (before treatment) and rehabilitation afterwards. Not only does moving more help improve clinical outcomes, it can also help people take control of their lives, supports emotional wellbeing, reduce social isolation, and enable people to live independently.

“Being active before, during and after treatment is safe and can have many positive benefits to your health and wellbeing, including reducing fatigue, anxiety and depressions, improving balance and confidence and helping to keep you to maintain a healthy weight.

“Our low-impact walks will also provide an opportunity for those living with a cancer diagnosis to walk and talk with people who have had similar experiences and will understand what they are going through. It is an enjoyable, social way to become more active and it’s safe and free!”

Anyone who is interested in joining the walking group (which is for all abilities) can come along every Monday (from 24th April) at 11am at the Tow path, Newry at Carnbane Industrial Estate, or they can contact Caroline for more information on 028 3756 2227.