MOVE2CHANGE MENTORS; (Back row) Merle Hill and Ross Davie (front row) Anna Wutte, Geoff Walker and Joan Hawkins.
MOVE2CHANGE MENTORS; (Back row) Merle Hill and Ross Davie (front row) Anna Wutte, Geoff Walker and Joan Hawkins. Andy Parks

Move2Change program makes a good fit for over-50s

AFTER participating in the Move2Change program for the past 18 months, 87-year-old Geoff Walker can tighten his belt three extra notches.

The gentle exercise program is aimed at the over-50s and tailored to the abilities of each participant. Running at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and villages such as Dunoon and Nimbin, the program is creating both health and social benefits for those involved.

Anna Wutte said it had helped her lose weight and manage her diabetes, and she could tie her own shoes for the first time in years.

"It's a good group of people who have fun," she said.

Joan Hawkins said it had allowed her to make new friends and considered the social benefits for people who were isolated just as important as the physical ones.

"We should all get involved," Mr Walker said.

"Otherwise we're just shuffling around in our slippers and watching TV."

This week, participants celebrated completing a six-month program, with many planning to stay on as mentors.


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