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Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: Active Everyday, Sheffield’s physical activity service for all people living with and beyond cancer
  1. Liam Humphreys1,
  2. Helen Crank1,
  3. Gabbi Frith1,
  4. Helen Speake1,
  5. Lindsey J Reece1,2
  1. 1 Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lindsey J Reece, Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia; lindsey.reece{at}

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, which has a total estimated population of 551 800.

Target population

The estimated 18 235 people in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, who are currently living with or beyond cancer. This number is expected to increase to 28 450 people by 2030.

What modes/types/domains of physical activity does the programme promote?

Functional physical activity sessions in community venues aimed at improving rehabilitation and recovery.

Which of the seven best investments does the programme address?

Community-wide programme and healthcare.

What sectors does it involve?

The project involves health professionals and exercise specialists by embedding physical activity within routine cancer care and developing a pathway that bridges the gap between clinical services and community physical activity opportunities.

Estimated programme reach

The programme has engaged over 300 people so far.

What is special about this programme?

The programme aims to integrate a pragmatic physical activity service for people affected by cancer within existing services, enabling all patients to be supported to move more for health and well-being benefits.


There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, with this figure projected to rise to 4 million by 2030.1 Cancer and its treatment can negatively impact physical and psychological well-being.2 Regular physical activity throughout the cancer journey can preserve or improve physical function, quality of life, cardiorespiratory fitness and weight management.3 That said, …

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  • Contributors LH as project lead for Active Everyday provided and analysed all data needed for this submission. LJR as senior researcher on the team and previous project lead of Active Everyday (prior to moving to University of Sydney) led the writing of this manuscript. HS and GF as research assistants on Active Everyday supported with data collection. HC provided editing and reviewing expertise.

  • Funding This programme has received funding from Macmillan Cancer Support and Sport England.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Sheffield NRES.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.