FIT for CARE: A compassionate sports community to support palliative care in three countries

EAPC Blog

Dr Juan-Pablo Leiva is founder of FIT for CARE, a not-for-profit association developed by athletes in support of palliative care. Dr Leiva also works as a palliative care consultant at CUDECA Hospice Foundation, a specialist palliative care provider in southern Spain. Here, he explains how functional physical training, or a ‘workout of the day’ may contribute to increased public awareness of palliative care.

Dr Juan-Pablo Leiva (second from left) and colleagues Dr Juan-Pablo Leiva (second from left) and colleagues

In the past few decades we have become accustomed to the idea – and the practice ­– that the achievement of optimal health and wellbeing in every nation must be in a partnership with government, health services and every major sector of the community. Today, the call for ‘health-promoting palliative care’ or for the development of compassionate communities is a parallel call for just this type of engagement concerning dying, death, loss and care. It is a movement towards…

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