Website to help Tweed stay fit

NEW South Wales Health have announced a new website to help older Tweed residents and health professionals access physical activity services which will help prevent injury and chronic disease.

By simply entering a suburb, the Active and Healthy website www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au, easily identifies a list of exercise programs in the user's neighbourhood.

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

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the website allowed older people to conveniently access exercise programs in their community, which promoted a healthy lifestyle.

“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,” Dr Chant said.

The Active and Healthy website was developed in response to a 2009 report by key falls prevention experts, which highlighted the need for a web-based directory of physical activity for older people.



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