Prostate Cancer UK and Movember are getting behind a new free 12-week programme to help local people living with the disease.
The Proactive courses, the first of their kind in the UK, will start at Freedom Leisure Hailsham on April 21.
The weekly 90-minute sessions are available to anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, whether they are in remission or currently undergoing treatment.
The sessions, taught by specialist exercise referral or cancer rehabilitation instructors, are divided into discussion and non-compulsory gentle physical activity.
Discussion topics relate to health, happiness, diet and physical activity focusing on setting goals and implementing lifestyle and behaviour changes.
Developed by Dr Tim Anstiss, founder of The Academy for Health Coaching and a leading authority on behaviour change, the course covers positive psychology, happiness and wellbeing, as well as gradually increasing fitness levels and offering tips for managing weight - all presented in accessible ‘bite sized’ chunks.
The Proactive course is based on the emerging science of wellbeing and positive psychology, which includes research into the nature of resilience, quality of life and positive emotional states.
Dr Anstiss said,“Cancer affects people in many ways including anxiety and depression, weight loss or gain, as well as sleep disturbance, all of which can effect relationships.
“The Proactive course is based on the emerging science of wellbeing and positive psychology, which includes research into the nature of resilience, quality of life and positive emotional states.
“Lifestyle and psychological factors often make a real difference to quality of life.
“The course includes information about a whole range of things participants can do to protect and improve their health and wellbeing, encouraging and supporting them to make one or two small changes each week. Crucially, the course is entirely voluntary: people participate as much or as little as they want. It’s a group programme and designed to be relaxed and fun, with lots of opportunities for friendly chat and support.”
Catherine Winsor, community support services manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said, “Prostate cancer is on track to become the most common cancer overall by 2030 and there are currently more than 300,000 men living with or after the disease in the UK.
“Dealing with the aftermath of a prostate cancer diagnosis or adjusting to living with the side effects of treatment, can be unbelievably tough for men and their families.
“This course is a great opportunity for men to take a step back and focus on their overall health and wellbeing.”
Jon Sim, Head of Communities at the Movember Foundation added, “We believe that addressing wellbeing and resilience is a vital part of any health journey, especially for men facing prostate cancer.”
• Registrations can be made through your GP, healthcare professional or at www.pro activesussex.co.uk.