Fit and fun: Beach Bodies Health Club owner Renee Atkins and Coffs Harbour Health campus staff Nicky Metcalf and Sue Gray watch on as Cheryl McInally and Chris Gilles work out.
Fit and fun: Beach Bodies Health Club owner Renee Atkins and Coffs Harbour Health campus staff Nicky Metcalf and Sue Gray watch on as Cheryl McInally and Chris Gilles work out. Trevor Veale

Healthy minds, healthy bodies

THERE’S nothing better than feeling good about yourself and that’s the motivation behind a special fitness program run by Coffs Harbour Community Mental Health Service.

After a successful pilot program last year, the service is once again running its fitness program which gives people with mental health issues a chance to get out, get fit and have fun.

Designed to assist those people in an unhealthy weight range or those wishing to improve their fitness level, the program also creates an opportunity for interaction in a social environment.

Cheryl McInally, one of the 10 participants who visit Beach Bodies Health Club twice a week over a 10-week period, said she looked forward to it every week.

“I love it, I really enjoy coming,” she said.

Ensuring it’s an all-round experience, each client receives information on healthy eating, food preparation and storage, budgeting ideas and exercise tips.

Community Mental Health case manager Sue Gray said it was an excellent program that saw great results in clients.

“It’s an extremely important part of treatment,” Ms Gray said.

“The physical benefits are fantastic as well as the mental benefits – getting out into a social context is great.”

She said the program would not have been able to go ahead without support from local businesses.

“The program has been made possible thanks to the very generous donation from Bananacoast Credit Union and the support from Beach Bodies Health Club has made the program a success and an enjoyable experience for all involved,” Ms Gray said.



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