The Living Well for Life program, launched recently by Perth South Coastal Medicare Local, aims to help people reduce their weight through exercise and better lifestyle choices.
The average weight loss for those taking part was 2kg, and a 1.2cm reduction in waist size.
Among the first to complete the program is Rockingham resident Beverly Harrison (67). ‘I was very aware I was declining in my fitness levels,’ she said.
‘I’ve eased out of a lot of the things I used to be doing, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’m physically less active and I knew I had to rethink that.’
The program includes weekly two-hour meetings over nine weeks, one-hour group education sessions and one-hour group exercise session.
Those taking part also get the help of an exercise physiologist and dietician.
‘I’ve done things I didn’t think of doing and it’s made me realise I can stretch myself a lot further than I thought,’ Ms Harrison said.
Program dietician Deneka Pilmoor said the program combined educational and practical methods.
‘Being a local program, participants are attending with others who live in their own community,’ she said.
‘This enables participants to share information about programs and organise ongoing meetings after the program is completed.’
– The program is running again at the end of the month. For more information call 9565 8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org