HEALTHY HEARTS: Whitsunday residents Myrl Staniland, Valma McDonald, Judy Adsett, Rita Burger, Pat Miers, Jane Richardson, Dianna Agorriz, Dia Clark, Jose Agorriz, Marie Hodson, Lorraine Chapman, Troy Wake, Nah Turnbull (back), Jean Shepherd, Enid Morgan, Allan Battams, Mary Battams and Judy Horner (front) took part in the Hear Moves program at the Whitsunday PCYC last Friday. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
HEALTHY HEARTS: Whitsunday residents Myrl Staniland, Valma McDonald, Judy Adsett, Rita Burger, Pat Miers, Jane Richardson, Dianna Agorriz, Dia Clark, Jose Agorriz, Marie Hodson, Lorraine Chapman, Troy Wake, Nah Turnbull (back), Jean Shepherd, Enid Morgan, Allan Battams, Mary Battams and Judy Horner (front) took part in the Hear Moves program at the Whitsunday PCYC last Friday. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Heart Moves step in good direction

INCREASING mobility, strength, balance and co-ordination were just a few outcomes community members were working towards at the 'Heart Moves' class last Friday morning.

Heart Moves is held weekly on Tuesdays from 9.30-10.30am at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, but the class on Friday was held at the a Whitsunday PCYC in conjunction with the Heart Foundation's Heart Week from May 6-12.

The gentle activity program is based around light heart health movements that focus on muscle strengthening.

Ball games and dancing are just two of the activities participants take part in while also learning about ways they can improve their health and well-being.

Event co-ordinator Jane Richardson said Heart Moves was directed towards people with chronic but stable health issues such as arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure or cholesterol.

"It is also good for people who want a place to start or who haven't exercised for a while," she said. "Participants get a lot of mental and social stimulation as well."

Ms Richardson said the program also benefited people who had left hospital and needed light activities to help maintain mobility.

"We've seen people get up out of chairs on their own who couldn't do it before unaided, or people carry a cup and saucer across a room without spilling a drop. This is a huge improvement for them. Some have said the program has "saved their life"," she said.

Ms Richardson encouraged people to go along and try the classes, with all exercises able to be done from a chair if necessary.

Queensland chronic disease co-ordinator and cardiac rehabilitation nurse Troy Wake said Heart Moves helped keep people independent for longer and away from heart risk.

"It's all about risk modification and what is changeable," she said.

For more information or to book a spot phone Jane on 0448 120 955.


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