Not too old to get active

OLDER residents of the Coffs Coast can now access physical activity services to prevent injury and chronic disease.

NSW Health has launched the website – www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au – which identifies a list of exercise programs by local providers.

These programs focus on improving balance and strength such as tai chi, yoga, strengthening programs and other specific classes designed for older people.

“The website allows older people to conveniently access exercise programs in their local community that promote a healthy lifestyle,” said NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant.

“NSW’s challenge for the future includes a growing and aging population.

“As people get older they are at increased risk of having a fall.

“Injuries relating to falls in older people are serious yet potentially preventable. Injury-related falls are estimated to cost NSW $558.5 million every year.

“The website is also a useful tool for general practitioners and other health professionals to assist them in the care of their patients.

“It also provides older people with information about leading a more active lifestyle which will help to promote physical and mental wellbeing.”

The Active and Healthy website was developed in response to a 2009 report by key falls-prevention experts.

The report highlighted the need for a web-based directory of physical activity falls prevention programs for older people.



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