The Move4Health programme is about encouraging and supporting inactive community members to engage in accessible, safe and affordable physical activity prompting lifestyle and behavioral change. Its focus is on providing a friendly environment in the treatment of ‘inactive’ community members who are at risk of suffering adverse effects from being overweight, obese, or other health related problems. Ultimately, the programme aims to empower people to embrace a more active and healthier lifestyle that is sustainable over time.
Developed previously for Green Prescription clients, the programme is now open to the whole community, male and female, all ages. This programme has become a community run, community based, and community funded programme. Active Communities Advisor for Sport Waitakere, Emma Haigh, is thrilled with the programme she now facilitates. “I love seeing so many people getting back to health and taking ownership of their lives. Whether they are active and mobile or mostly sedentary, we can accommodate them in all the sessions”. Qualified Instructors can run sitting down sessions, so participants need not worry if moving about is hindering them from being active. After each class they enjoy a healthy snack and meet others in their community, all there for the same reason – to get back their health, mind and body.
Classes are once a week for 1 hour with a 15 minute social time after.
When: Every Wednesday 11.00am - 12.00noon
Where: Massey Leisure Centre, YMCA at Massey, Don Buck Room, 545 Don Buck Road, Westgate
Cost: $3 per class
When: Every Thursday 11.00am - 12.00pm
Where: St Ninians Hall, 17 St Georges Road, Avondale
Cost: $3 per class
For more information please contact:
Kerry Allan- Sport Waitakere
Mover of the Month
Name: Shirley O’Neill
Years attending Move4Health classes?: From the very beginning
How many classes do you go to?: 1 - Massey
Reasons why you started attending?: To help with medical problems in keeping diabetes at bay
Changes you have noticed since attending?: More and more people joining, different people taking different exercises creating variety
The best thing about the classes?: Meeting new friends and having an enjoyable 2 hours
Words of wisdom for those thinking about attending or those in need of some motivation to start going: Best thing you could possibly do while getting fit. Make the effort. Have some fun!