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Free program for local health

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020

A few of the regulars from the Friday morning PrYme class at the YMCA Wellness Centre. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson A few of the regulars from the Friday morning PrYme class at the YMCA Wellness Centre. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The YMCA us starting a new free program to ensure locals are living an active lifestyle. 

Staff are hoping to attract people to the Prevention and Wellness Programe for regular gentle exercise, meeting new friends and getting some sound education on health topics. 

Broken Hill YMCA’s Youth and Community Projects Officer, Dionne Devlin, said the program is aimed at helping people stay healthy in a relaxed environment. 

“Every week on a Thursday at 10am there will be a session conducted in either Patton Park out the South, at the Wellness Centre in town or here at the Regional Aquatic Centre where a trainer will take people for either a walk or some gentle exercise, maybe some Tai Chi on the grass,” said Dionne. 

“It’s just another way to stay healthy and well, so if you’re around at any time on a Thursday morning you can just be part of this free program.

“It’s about connecting people, giving information out. There’ll be education sessions that go with most of the sessions, most conducted by health professionals but also people involved in different hobby groups and volunteer opportunities.

“We’re hoping to see perhaps retired people, we’d love to see mums with prams, we’d love to see school groups, whoever wants to be part of this, we can cater for hundreds of people in this program so it’s just a free way to help people be active again.”

The YMCA has done a similar program previously in partnership with the dietetics department at the hospital, which was a monthly program, 

“For this one we got the Community Assistance Grant from Council which has allowed us to extend it to every week and it’ll go until mid-September so we can try and establish and see if there’s an opportunity for an ongoing program there.”

The first session is on February 20 at 10am at the YMCA Broken Hill Integrated Wellness Centre. Staff will be present for a meet and greet, and tours of the facility and a healthy morning tea will be provided. 

Then there will be weekly sessions in three different locations around town for gentle exercise.

People will need to register and can do so by calling the YMCA Integrated Wellness Centre on 8088 1999. 

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