Gym wins gold for seniors program

06/Apr/2010

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Council On The Ageing president Bettine Heathcote and Selby Health and |Fitness owner Elise Irwin chat to program participant Norma Beer. Council On The Ageing president Bettine Heathcote and Selby Health and |Fitness owner Elise Irwin chat to program participant Norma Beer.

SELBY Health and Fitness of Osborne Park has been presented with a gold excellence award from the Council on the Ageing (COTA) in recognition of five years of community service to seniors.

Selby Health and Fitness was one of the inaugural providers of COTA WA’s Living Longer Living Stronger program to improve the health of over-55s when it began in 2004.

The program is run in more than 70 locations across WA, all of which have program-accredited instructors running the sessions.

Selby Health and Fitness employs an exercise physiologist to supplement the program, making the gym a ‘tier one’ provider of the service.

Owner Elise Irwin said she was proud to be part of a program that is so beneficial to its participants.

“It’s been really good. We’ve got over 400 members on the program now and it’s not just about the fitness program, although that obviously has huge benefits for them,” she said.

“We provide seminars where someone from RAC will come in to talk about insurance, or a physiotherapist will come in to talk about lowering their cholesterol. We also have coffee mornings on a weekly basis where we’ll have 20 people in our coffee room socialising and chatting all morning.

“They’re just lovely people. We’re happy to be a part of it.”


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