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Fit Bits and Boobs, an education and exercise programme for people living with or beyond a diagnosis of breast cancer, has started in Redditch.

Redditch Borough Council’s Sports Development officers have been working with Breast Cancer nurses from the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven and Bosom Friends’ Support Group to put the programme together.

It will cover relaxation, managing anxiety and fatigue, nutrition and the exercise component which concentrate on increasing mobility, stretching and specific rehab moves for breast cancer including lymph oedema.

The Council’s physical Activity Development Officer Hayley Gwilliam said: “Research has shown that exercise is critical in the recovery process for breast cancer patients.

“By working with people who have expertise in this area we have created a programme  which is designed to restore and improve the physical well-being of those living with breast cancer as they undergo treatments.

People living with cancer can also access our Live Well Be Well programme at The Abbey Stadium where we have a Cancer Rehab specialist.

The Council’s Portfolio-holder for Leisure, Cllr Mike Rouse, said: “Cancer touches everyone’s life and I am proud that we are offering support to those who are or have been affected.

“This community programme offers the benefits of exercise after cancer diagnosis by providing and accessible and safe physical activity programme for both men and women during treatment for breast cancer.”

Fit Bits and Boobs started on Tuesday June 18, Oakenshaw Community Centre, Castleditch Lane, at 2.30pm. It costs £3.30 per session.

For more details call Hayley on 01527 881404 or e-mail