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  • Healthy lifestyle goals for local cancer survivors

    11 January 2016

    With health at the top of many people’s New Year resolutions, Cancer Council SA is encouraging cancer survivors to join its free Healthy Living after Cancer program to get active, eat well and feel better after cancer.

    Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things survivors can do for their health as it reduces the impact of treatment-related side-effects, reduces the chance of the cancer recurring, and boosts overall health and well-being.

    Healthy Living after Cancer is a free health coaching program over the phone for any adult who has been treated for any type of cancer, either recently or in the past.

    The new program is easy to follow; participants will be supported by a Cancer Council nurse who will call them over a six month period to help them set, and reach, their physical activity and healthy eating goals.

    Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that there is a need for programs like Healthy Living after Cancer to support people to stay cancer free.

    “For those who have survived cancer, adopting healthy habits is really important. These habits can help reduce the risk of cancer coming back, and also prevent development of other health problems – such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” Mr Size said.

    “We know that for many people a cancer experience does not end once treatment is over; there are a wide variety of ongoing challenges and this program is about providing some much needed support and guidance.

    “We encourage cancer survivor to take advantage of this free phone health coaching program to help set their own personal health goals for the year ahead.”

    Joe Tyney, from Payneham, has recently participated in the program and said that it delivered many personal benefits.

    “I found the booklet and the phone calls most helpful and professional,” Mr Tyney said.

    “They have given me not only information, but confidence in both my exercise program and diet.”

    Helen McCann, from Moana, also added that “the Healthy Living after Cancer program has helped me to stay on track with my eating and exercise.”

    Those taking part will receive 12 phone coaching calls over six months from a Cancer Council 13 11 20 Nurse or Information and Support Consultant, along with a program workbook. The program will focus on physical activity, healthy eating and weight management.

    For more information on participating in Healthy Living after Cancer call 13 11 20.

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