FITNESS trainers will provide special cancer rehabilitation as part of a new scheme in the forest.

New Forest District Council Health and Leisure has been working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to train fitness professionals to enable them to provide specialist cancer rehabilitation support to people living with and beyond cancer. Twenty professionals will be trained by the end of the year.

Funding for the training came from Macmillan with research suggesting 1.6 million cancer survivors could be at greater risk of serious long term health problems and some are at greater risk of recurrence of cancer by not doing enough physical activity.

New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for health and leisure Cllr Di Brooks welcomed the extra support on offer: “Our fitness instructors already help people with a range of conditions to stay active through our Active Lifestyles scheme. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with Macmillan to train three of the team to also support cancer patients and survivors.”

Health professionals in the district can refer patients through the existing Active Lifestyles exercise referral programme.