The Good Life project is encouraging good health in locals aged over 65

HEALTHY LIFE: Locals are loving the new initiative, which is promoting healthy living for people aged over 65. Photo: SUPPLIED
HEALTHY LIFE: Locals are loving the new initiative, which is promoting healthy living for people aged over 65. Photo: SUPPLIED

A new health initiative called the Good Life project is underway in Naracoorte, with two successful sessions being held so far this month.

The project is the brainchild of Good Country Physiotherapy director Angela Willsmore and has come to fruition thanks to support from Wellbeing SA and the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, as part of the Naracoorte Lucindale Wellbeing Program.

"This project is all about educating and upskilling men and women who are over 65 about the many ways they can improve their physical, emotional, mental and social health and wellbeing", Ms Willsmore said.

The project runs for eight weeks at 1pm on Thursdays at various locations around Naracoorte and it is completely free to attend.

"Thanks to the funding support from Wellbeing SA, this project has been fully subsidised for attendees, which means there is no financial barrier to learning something new on how to improve their health", Angela said.

A feature of the program is the chance to hear from a range of highly skilled and experienced health professionals.

In week one, Mandy Curnow from Mandy Curnow Coaching spoke with the group about self motivation and goal setting. This was an engaging session with lots of discussion around how to set achievable goals for your personal circumstances.

In week two, Ms Willsmore spoke about the benefits of physical activity, including a short exercise session which demonstrated how much you can do without any fancy equipment, in your own home.

Participants spoke about some of their individual barriers to completing enough physical activity each week, and brainstormed ways they could become more active to improve their health.

One of the common themes was parking the car further from the shops and walking more, and making the most of the facilities and services already available.

Future speakers include an exercise physiologist, nutritionist and GP as well as more sessions with a physiotherapist and life coach.

The project also forms part of a University of South Australia final year physiotherapy student health promotion subject, with six students involved in evaluating its effectiveness.

There are still some places available so if you are over 65 and reside in the Naracoorte Lucindale district, call Good Country Physiotherapy on 87621515 or or pop into the clinic at 157 Smith St to find out more and register to join in.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Wellbeing Program is a joint project between the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the South Australian Government under the Wellbeing SA Statewide Wellbeing Strategy.