Community & Business

23 February, 2024

Free healthy women program

WOMEN over 50 can soon sign up for a new free active program being offered through Tablelands Regional Council.

Free healthy women program - feature photo

The council has teamed up with Atherton Community Health and FNQ Health and Fitness to offer the program in the wake of a health assessment done by North Queensland Primary Health Network which showed older women in the region had low levels of physical activity compared to other areas in Far North Queensland.

“So, we’ve partnered with Atherton Community Health and FNQ Health and Fitness to develop and deliver another round of the free Rural Active Women Program for women aged 50 and over,” Community and Corporate Services general manager Hilary Jackson said.

“We hope it will create a pattern of ongoing positive behaviour and healthy exercise habits.

“The program is open to all health, ability, experience, skill and social and economic levels and the sessions focus on core muscle groups, cardiovascular fitness, joint movement, resistance-based exercises and functional strength to aid with falls prevention.”

Places are limited and participants need to commit to a full 14-week program of cardio and strength circuits, hydrotherapy and/or core strengthening Pilates.

Anyone interested can register at before Thursday 22 February to take part.

The program is as follows:

Cardio and Strength Circuits at Merriland Hall, Atherton Showgrounds – 9-10am on Mondays 26 February-25 March; and 9-10am on Mondays 27 May-17 June.

Hydrotherapy at Atherton Swimming Pool – 11.30am-12.30pm and 12.30pm-1.30pm on Mondays 15-29 April, and 13-20 May.

Core Strengthening Pilates at Merriland Hall, Atherton Showgrounds – 9-10am on Thursdays 29 February-28 March; and 9-10am on Thursdays 30 May-20 June.


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