Program Offering Financial Incentives Encourages Breast Cancer Patients to Exercise More, Study Finds

Program Offering Financial Incentives Encourages Breast Cancer Patients to Exercise More, Study Finds
Physical exercise may help breast cancer survivors overcome many of the side effects associated with cancer therapy, but studies show that up to 70% of patients don’t exercise enough. So researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan set out to find a way to motivate these women to be more active. They developed a program called Project MOVE, which offers "action grants" – incentives of up to $2,000 – to breast cancer groups to help them implement programs that promote physical activity. They found that these small financial incentives were enough to increase physical activity among breast cancer survivors. Results were published in the study, “Acceptability and satisfaction of project MOVE: A pragmatic feasibility trial aimed at increasing physical activity in female breast cancer survivors,” in the journal Psycho-Oncology. "Many of the available programs such as dragon boating, yoga and hiking are seen as exclusive and may not be of interest to all women treated for breast cancer," Cristina Caperchione, PhD, associate professor at UBC Okanagan's School of Health and Exercise Sciences and the study's lead author, said in a press release. "Our approach supported community-based initiatives designed and implemented by breast cancer survivors themselves. Groups developed their interventions based on their own nee
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