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Getting active in The Rock

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is starting two new beginner’s gentle exercise classes at The Rock on Monday 1 May.

These low cost classes are being offered to The Rock residents as, among its many benefits, gentle exercise is shown to prevent falls that may result in injury.

Delivered by trained volunteers Nancy Smith and Jean Smith, the classes aim to improve physical, social and mental wellbeing of people of any age but especially older people.

“The class is ideal for people who have always thought about getting involved in gentle exercise. It is mostly helpful to those who wish to improve their balance and flexibility in a friendly, social setting,” Nancy Smith said. “Everyone is welcome to come and join in,” she said.

The program aims to improve access to safe physical activity especially for older adults living in rural communities.

In the last 12 months, 22 new volunteer leaders have been trained across MLHD.

MLHD Health Promotion Officer Natalie McDermott said: “We know the importance of regular physical activity to maintain good health and this is a great chance for community members to take part in a low cost and fun program offered locally.”

“The cost to participants is a gold coin donation for the one hour class to cover costs associated with running the group,” said Ms McDermott.

Classes are being held at the The Rock Town Hall/ Museum on Urana Street at 10am and at Emily Gardens, Emily Street at 3pm.  A registration day will be held on Wednesday 26 April at 10am at The Rock Town Hall/ Museum. 

For more information about the Community Exercise program in The Rock or the MLHD Physical Activity Leader Network please contact Natalie McDermott at Wagga Wagga Community Health Centre on 6938 6414 or 0427 206 649. 

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