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Making Physical Activity Business as Usual: A Comparison of Design Features in Cancer Care Models Across the Atlantic

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Evidence shows that physical activity is highly beneficial for people living with and beyond cancer and is one of the most effective ways to manage the side effects of treatment and improve quality of life. Despite this, physical activity support is not routinely available within cancer care and most people diagnosed with cancer are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. This challenge has been recognized globally, leading to the establishment of the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Moving Through Cancer initiative, with a mission to integrate exercise as standard practice in oncology by 2029.

Beth Brown, MPH was awarded with a Churchill Fellowship in 2020. During this time she has investigated exemplar exercise oncology programs in North America to gain insights into the cultural and contextual factors that have contributed to successful implementation. She believes exploring international perspectives can help us to overcome common barriers and make progress towards making physical activity ‘business as usual’ worldwide.