We know being physically active can make us feel great and provide many health benefits, but it can be tough to make physical activity a part of a regular routine. Time, financial costs, and a lack of enjoyable options can all act as barriers.
For breast cancer survivors, including those who have been newly diagnosed or are undergoing treatment, there are additional cancer-related barriers to consider. For example, survivors of breast cancer often have other life priorities to manage, may experience pain and fatigue, weight gain or loss, and many other obstacles. Sometimes finding the time and motivation to start being active can be the hardest part.
The goal of ProjectMOVE is to help reduce some of these barriers. Funded by The Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and led by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, ProjectMOVE aims to make physical activity more accessible (and enjoyable!) for female breast cancer survivors living in the Okanagan region.
ProjectMOVE encourages breast cancer survivors to come together and think of innovative ways to integrate regular physical activity into their lives.
To assist with this, there is an opportunity to obtain financial support through microgrants; parcels of money awarded to successful groups to develop and implement their own community-based physical activity program. Up to $2,000 is available for group’s consisting of 6-10 women each.
By providing this financial support, ProjectMOVE allows breast cancer survivors to create group-based physical activity opportunities that are appropriate and meaningful to them. The microgrants are designed to enable access to any equipment, resources, facilities, instruction or transportation that groups may need to implement their plan and to help women get and stay active together. ProjectMOVE will also provide a great opportunity to foster social interactions and stronger social connections throughout the community.