Age Concern, Horizons and MiLife invite you to join them for a driver refresher course (and light lunch) on 29 May 2107 from 10-2.30p. The workshop focuses on helping you maintain and improve safe driving practices and increase the knowledge of other transport options available to help senior road users remain safely mobile. Read More
The success in Manawatu with Green Prescription, doctor referral and government initiative is what prompted Kelvin Grove MiLife retirement village manager, Sue Blewitt, to contact Sport Manawatu. Read More
The success in Manawatu with Green Prescription, doctor referral and government initiative is what prompted Kelvin Grove MiLife retirement village manager, Sue Blewitt, to contact Sport Manawatu.
Sue wanted to start up a programme for eligible residents who were interested in learning more about how to become healthier and using prevention and management practices to do so.
Over each of the 2-3 week terms, residents have been attending weekly discussions on topics ranging from preventing and managing diabetes, arthritis, issues with renal and heart. They’re also taught about healthy eating and understanding food labels, good versus bad fats and what are the important indicator numbers. Importantly they also learned where to find and how to share healthy eating resources.
But it definitely wasn’t all sitting in a classroom. Residents were busy enjoying the physical activities designed to help with balance, agility and aerobic conditioning. Some did aqua aerobics, walking groups, gym with a one on one instructor and resistance band workouts. Even learning to swim for the first time was an option!
What do the residents think of the programme? Aqua-aerobics seemed to be a favourite. “I really feel that it improved my fitness.” Says Margaret.
Trevor, who is challenged with diabetes, has taken up cooking classes so that he can eat healthier. This has made a positive difference to his weight along with a new variety of meal options.
Following their completion of the programme, the residents received a certificate and a water bottle that they can use for their ongoing fitness regimes.
Of course, the real value of the work lies in continuing with what has been learned. For this reason, the village has introduced resistance bands on a weekly basis in the community lounge. This particular exercise helps to keep the strength up which is important as a preventative to falls that can occur. Some residents have also decided to continue with Aqua Aerobics as they can feel the benefits.
Thanks Katrina and the team at Sport Manawatu and Green Prescription.