Seymour health's physiotherapist Sally Littlewood will lead the eight-week cancer wellness exercise program commencing May 2.

PEOPLE living in Seymour and surrounding areas and affected by cancer will have access to a free eight-week education, exercise and wellness program commencing on May 2.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Wellness and Exercise program provides people who have completed their cancer treatment with one hour group fitness sessions and followed by a short education session each week.

Seymour Health will conduct the program, led by physiotherapist Sally Littlewood, and will assist participants in improving strength and fitness, ability to perform daily tasks, learning strategies for managing fatigue and connecting with other people.

Cancer Council Victoria’s cancer information head and support services Katherine Lane said the program provided invaluable support and information for people recovering from cancer treatment.

“We often speak with people affected by cancer who share how challenging it is to return to their lives after their treatment ends. Finding a ‘new normal’ is physically and emotionally complex, so we’re looking forward to continuing to support individuals impacted by cancer through the process,” she said.

Ms Lane said research showed exercise rehabilitation programs help cancer survivors manage pain, reduce fatigue and improve their quality of life.

“This program provides people affected by cancer with the tools to deal with the changes in their lives at home and at work, as well as the confidence to exercise and increase their strength and fitness,” she said.

On average, 129 people in the Mitchell shire are diagnosed with cancer each year.

To register or for more information, contact Ms Littlewood on 5735 8050.