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Live Stronger – Pink Edition: Exercise class for women with breast cancer

Wednesday, August 11, 2021   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: physical activity, Courses, cancer, women

ACC and the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) have recently collaborated to create “Live Stronger – Pink Edition”. This is an exercise class for women going through breast cancer treatment. This class is aimed at improving balance, bone health and overall wellbeing.

A common side effect of breast cancer treatment is a reduction in bone mineral density which can lead to an increased risk of fractures. ACC is committed to preventing falls and fractures, and this class is an extension of our current programme.

People are invited to join these classes to test the programme in trials in Christchurch and Ashburton starting from Wednesday 25th August 2021.

  • Christchurch - at the Bishopdale YMCA; and
  • Ashburton - at the EA Networks Centre.

Anyone who has had breast cancer is welcome to join. You will be asked to complete a health form prior to starting. It is recommended that you ask your GP, breast surgeon or breast nurse for clearance before you join the class - if you completed surgery or radiotherapy within the last year.

Register your interest in the Live Stronger - Pink Edition classes by contacting the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (0800 226 8773 or breastnurse[at]bcf.org.nz).

This programme is based on the Live Stronger for Longer community class model. The 12-week programme will consist of weekly one-hour exercise classes led by an exercise professional. There will also be additional exercises to do at home.

You will also be given information on bone health during and after breast cancer treatment, monitoring bone density and treatment options, as well supporting your bone health with diet and supplements.

You will be asked for regular feedback during the programme, and once the programme has ended, you will be asked to evaluate how effective it was.