RESIDENTS living with cancer can access to a free eight-week education, exercises and wellness program in Seymour. 

Cancer Council Victoria is providing the program to people who have completed their cancer treatment through one-hour group fitness sessions, hosted by experienced exercise specialists. 

The program, at Seymour Health, will help participants to increase their strengths and fitness, improve their ability to perform daily tasks, learn strategies for managing fatigue and connect with others. 

Cancer Council statistics show 129 people, on average, within the Mitchell Shire and other areas are diagnosed with cancer each year. 

Cancer Council Victoria’s head of cancer information and support services Katherine Lane said the wellness and exercise program shared information to people who may need a head-start after recovering from 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,” Ms Lane said. 

Ms Lane said research showed exercise programs support cancer survivors to manage pain, stress, and improve 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. 

To register or for more information, people can contact Sally Littlewood on 5735 8050.

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