ENRICHing Survivorship – a free exercise and nutrition program for cancer survivors coming to Canberra

We are very pleased to share that Cancer Council ACT has been successful in its Healthy Canberra Grants application to bring ENRICHing Survivorship, an exciting cancer survivorship program, to Canberra. ENRICHing Survivorship will be supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.

This free group-based program comprises eight, two-hour, face to face, weekly sessions that cover exercise and nutrition to improve cancer health, yoga and mindfulness, as well as a peer support session providing practical information, discussion and ideas about how to adjust to the changes following cancer treatment. It is facilitated by an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist, dietitian, yoga instructor and volunteers and has been found to restore people’s physical and emotional wellbeing after cancer treatment. Carers, partners or family members are also welcome, and encouraged, to attend with the survivor.

There is currently  no program running in the ACT for  cancer  survivors that combines the components of exercise, healthy diet, emotional support and strategies to alleviate some of the common side effects experienced by cancer survivors such as fatigue and anxiety. ENRICHing Survivorship will build on our popular Living Well After Cancer program which makes up the peer support component of the new program.

The program was originally developed by Cancer Council NSW in collaboration with the University of Newcastle. Cancer Council NSW have been running the program successfully in NSW for over 5 years and Cancer Council ACT is very grateful to the ACT Government for the funding, and the opportunity, to bring this wonderful program to Canberra.

Further information about the program including dates will be available on our website soon. In the meantime if you would like to register your interest in ENRICHing Survivorship please email cancer.information@actcancer.org.

Last updated May 2021.

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