Paths for All and Macmillan Cancer Support

Digital Physical Activity Service

Background

Storm Health in partnership with Paths for All and Macmillan Cancer Support are working to implement a digital physical activity service to support people living with and after cancer.

The project will be delivered as part of Macmillan's wider physical activity programme, Move More.

The Challenge

Physical Activity has recently been described as a 'wonder drug' in Macmillan's Physical Activity report. The aim of this project is to provide a digital service which will support and empower people living with cancer to manage and improve their levels of physical activity.

Currently participants in the Move More programme enjoy a range of activities such as circuit classes, community gardens, walking groups and adapted chi gung. The new service will enhance the existing service offering of the Move More programme with a digital physical activity service.

the project will aim to expand the reach and impact of the national Macmillan Move More Scotland programme

Emma Berry, Senior Development Officer, Paths for All

Get Active

The digital physical activity service will comprise a Paths for All and Macmillan customised Physical Activity platform for logging, monitoring and reporting physical activity as part of an ongoing programme.

In addition, a wearable digital activity tracker which will automatically record activity data and an app to automate the transfer of activity data from the tracker to the website will be provided to each user.

Users will be able to monitor their levels of physical activity, set step count targets and receive support from a Macmillan Coordinator. Recording levels of physical activity will help a use ensure they don't do too much physical activity, as well as supporting them to do enough activity.

The plan is for GetActive to be implemented in two areas in Scotland targeting 200 users initially. Emma Berry, Senior Development Officer at Paths for All has said that the project "will aim to expand the reach and impact of the national Macmillan Move More Scotland programme, increasing physical activity levels and improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer through the use of digital technology".