|Cancer FIT+ app
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Cancer FIT+ app
Cancer FIT+ app
- Cancer FIT+ is designed to maximise health for individuals following on from a cancer diagnosis.
Cancer FIT+ is an app designed to maximise health for individuals after a cancer diagnosis. It includes a large amount of content aimed at target areas of exercise, nutrition and wellbeing. There are opportunities to connect with an individual’s own health data (eg, Steps/ distance per day) and the opportunity to connect with a community via social media.
The app is designed for people following on from a cancer diagnosis. The level of information, and the variety of input, ensures that this would be helpful and useful for people of a variety of ages and activity levels – ranging from those who currently live a relatively sedentary lifestyle to high-level athletes.
While the app has been specifically designed for people with a cancer diagnosis, it's the reviewer's opinion that because the principles being taught through the app are so high quality and well researched, it would likely have benefit for a wider audience (especially for those with other conditions that have a fatigue element, such as concussion).
✔ Very high quality information - users can be confident that they are accessing well-presented and highly researched information.
✔ A lot of opportunities for variety in terms of exercise types, meal plans and types of education.
✔ Great options for tracking across many metrics.
✔ Volume of content - hundreds of hours of content directed at health.
✔ Opportunities to connect in with community.
✔ Both through the FAQ section, and what's been identified in the videos, the authors do a good job of identifying specific questions related to a cancer diagnosis. The content is presented in a way that users could feel very confident to make a start on their health journey in a safe manner.
✘ Accessing the app: to get a log in currently needs to be done via an external website. This is fine as an option, however it is not well explained on the app front page at the moment, which can cause confusion. It is acknowledged that the creators of the app are looking at changing this.
✘ Volume of information: There is a huge volume of very high-quality information in the app. It's acknowledged that the sheer volume of content may be overwhelming. In future, it may be helpful to have a ‘how to get started’ or ‘key introduction video’ to help with this.
Reviewer: Chris Lawrence, Community-based Physiotherapist
Date of review: March 2023
Comment:This is an excellent app. It is absolutely full of high quality information. It is very well presented, and all videos are of a very high production quality.
The app is accessible for people of a wide range of activity levels. It is acknowledged that the app is new, and some further changes are expected. Users of the app can use this in a high level of confidence that they are receiving well researched information that is safe for application. With tracking, information and community sections, it is likely to get a high level of use for users.
Safety concerns: This app has been very well designed and researched, and has a lot of high quality information. Because of the high volume of information, it may be a bit challenging for users to find the right information, in the right order. For example, in the diet section, as soon as you click on it, you are presented with an excellent summary and guidance, which would help to keep all users safe when engaging with this section. In the exercise section, it would be very easy to jump straight into exercise classes without having the same guidance around which classes to choose, or what intensity to be exercising at. There are two excellent videos in the CancerFIT education section:
- How to exercise safely with a cancer diagnosis and become more confident
- Tips on HOW to exercise
From a safety perspective, it would be great to have users directed to those videos, or have a short written summary in the exercise section, prior to being able to go straight into workouts.
New Zealand relevance: Yes - this app was created in NZ and is extremely suitable for a NZ audience.
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