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26 January, 2023

Free health program aimed at older men

MEN over the age of 60 are being invited to attend a free health and wellbeing program that was first held last year and has since been replicated at other Men’s Shed across Australia.

Free health program aimed at older men - feature photo

A collaboration between the Atherton Men’s Shed, Tablelands Regional Council, Atherton Community Health and FNQ Health and Fitness, was held over 16 weeks last year and, from all accounts, was a great success.

“The Health Needs Assessment 2019-2022 by Northern Queensland Primary Health Network showed older men in our region have low levels of physical activity compared to other areas in FNQ and we are committed to delivering opportunities of physical activity and social engagement to older Tablelanders,” Cr Bernie Wilce said.

“The program embeds positive behaviour changes towards physical activity and healthy living habits through weekly, one-hour guided sessions with an exercise physiologist.

“The program is suitable for all abilities and there are pre-, mid- and post-program health checks.

“Some of the participants in the original program lost well over 10kg and, more importantly, these men have made exercise and healthy eating part of their every day.

“This refresher program is an opportunity for new participants to join the program, and for previous participants to check-in.”

The program will run every Thursday between Thursday 2 February and Thursday 30 March in Atherton.

Places are limited so register at by Tuesday 31 January to secure your place.


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