The Roche Park Recreation Centre launched the Living Longer Living Stronger program with a morning tea for Collie’s senior citizens last week.
The launch event on Tuesday, March 6 was attended by Council of the Ageing WA chief executive Mark Teale, active ageing ambassador Emeritus Professor Bob Ziegler and Shire of Collie president Sarah Stanley.
Mr Teale spoke to the crowd of 25 seniors about the social benefits of the program, particularly how the program has been successful elsewhere due to the social nature of the exercise groups.
Emeritus Professor Ziegler spoke about the necessity for older people to exercise and eat healthy to live a long and healthy life, relaying on his own experiences as a fit and healthy 88-year-old.
The program will run each Tuesday and Thursday with sessions at both 8am and 10.30am.
The program is an evidence-based progressive strength training program for people over 50 years old, which aims to keep seniors fit and healthy as they get older.
A referral from a GP is required to take part in the program.
Anyone interested in more information about the program should contact Roche Park Recreation Centre on 9734 4388.