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Sign up to cancer wellness program to kick start 2024

Friday 15th December, 2023

Have you had a recent cancer diagnosis? Sign up now for a program to help you take charge of your wellness in the New Year.

Maryborough District Health Service is now taking bookings for a free eight week Cancer Wellness Exercise and Education Program which starts in February.

“We run the wellness program in partnership with the Cancer Council,” said Sian Ilott, Exercise Physiologist, Maryborough District Health Service.

MDHS Exercise physiologists Demi and Sian

“The program aims to help people with cancer to self-manage their condition and reduce symptoms.

“We hope to arm those on a cancer journey with the knowledge they need to help maintain their physical and social wellbeing,” said Sian.

The wellness program is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, undergoing treatment or who has completed cancer treatment.

“We know cancer affects many people in different ways, and welcome families, friends and carers to join us for the education sessions as an important part of the support network,” she said.

The eight week group program will run each Monday at the Health and Movement Centre in Maryborough from Monday 5 February.

The 90 minute sessions provide a fun and supportive environment to learn, exercise, share experiences and build peer support.

The program covers topics such as healthy eating, physical activity and exercise, managing fatigue, emotions, wellness and more.

It also provides the chance for participants to complete a tailored exercise program under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist.

Exercise is an excellent form of medicine for all, and has been shown to provide many protective benefits before, during and after cancer treatment,” said Sian.

To find out more or enroll contact 5461 0333 (and press 1) by 25 January 2024.

Individuals, family members or carers can self-refer to the program. Medical oncologists, GPs, nurses and allied health professionals can also provide a referral.

An assessment is required before starting the program. Note the team will be taking a short break from 5pm Friday 22 December until Monday 8 January.

Photo: MDHS exercise physiologists Sian (left) and Demi (right).