A COMMITMENT to creating a friendly and inclusive atmosphere to help seniors get fit led to Warnbro Aqua Jetty receiving a state award for providing the best health and fitness program in WA.
The centre received the Best Metropolitan Provider Award of Living Longer Living Stronger (LLLS) at a special ceremony attended by more than 90 regular participants on Monday.
LLLS state manager Phil Airey said the centre had excelled at removing boundaries between seniors and regular fitness.
He attributed much of its success to lead instructor Jodie Moore and her team.
“Aqua Jetty’s support and focus upon the needs of their seniors is exemplary,” Mr Airey said.
“In a recent upgrade of gym equipment, centre management obtained push-pull machines specifically for their Living Longer Living Stronger resistance training classes.”
Other initiatives have included installing doorbells at a height to suit seniors with walkers, a schedule of regular social events including morning teas, barbecues and casino visits and a photo wall of participants to encourage a sense of ownership and belonging.
Ms Moore has been supported by the centre to diversify and create new features in her classes, such as memory and balance work, while mentoring two new instructors to work with the expanding class sizes.
Ms Moore accepted the award on the behalf of the centre to rousing cheers from her participants.
Mr Airey said Living Longer Living Stronger was WA’s premier exercise training program for the over 50s.
“Each participant has a personalised resistance training program created for them that takes place in a fun group setting,” he said.
“In all aspects, Aqua Jetty’s Living Longer Living Stronger program sets the benchmark for welcoming new participants to exercise and retaining them in optimum conditions for their health – physical, social and mental.”
For more information about Living Longer Living Stronger at Aqua Jetty, call 9593 9999.