Helping hand to stay active

Staff from Yorkshire Cancer Research, Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Staff from Yorkshire Cancer Research, Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Cancer patients will be given a helping hand to stay active from Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

From September, the official charity of Leeds Rhinos in partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research, will be running their Active Beyond Cancer programme for people looking to build back their fitness following cancer diagnosis.

In March the charities launched the cancer rehabilitation programme and following a successful pilot scheme they are expanding it and running courses at three venues.

Active Beyond Cancer is a free 12-week programme for people who have been affected by cancer and aims to rebuild fitness by increasing and maintaining physical activity, boost confidence, improve health and well-being and reduce the risk of recurrence and other long-term health conditions.

Adam Lunn, programme leader at Leeds Rhinos Foundation, said: “The programme offers a range of benefits from things as simple as peer support to up to date information on health, diet and exercise with lots of taster activities to try, then as part of the legacy attendees can continue to build their confidence and health, making use of their gym inductions and subsidised access to exercise sessions across the city.”

The programme will be run at Armley, Rothwell and Fearnville leisure centres with female, male and mixed groups available. Information events will be held at Armley Leisure Centre (men and women), 1-2pm, on August 30; Fearnville Leisure Centre (men), 1-2.30pm, on August 31; and at Rothwell Leisure Centre (women), 4.30-6pm, on August 31. To register interest and confirm attendance email health@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.

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