Naracoorte residents are benefiting from the Good Life program

GOOD LIFE: Participants learn how to use exercise equipment in Memorial Oval. PHOTO: Supplied
GOOD LIFE: Participants learn how to use exercise equipment in Memorial Oval. PHOTO: Supplied

Naracoorte residents have started living the good life, following round one of the Good Life program.

A group of older Naracoorte residents have been learning all about this concept over the last two months through a series of weekly workshops as part of the Good Life program.

The workshops, which were funded by Wellbeing SA and supported by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, as part of the Naracoorte Lucindale Wellbeing Program, have hosted a range of guest speakers talking about different aspects of health and wellbeing.

The Good Life program was organised by Angela Willsmore, director of Good Country Physiotherapy, as a way of informing and upskilling over 65 year olds in the Naracoorte Lucindale district about how they can improve their health and wellbeing.

"We have had a great range of guest speakers across the 8 week program, including a life coach, exercise physiologist, nutritionist, pharmacist and several sessions with a physiotherapist," she said.

Each workshop has included theory and practical components, so participants have been able to put their learnings into practice straight away.

GET FIT: Good Life program participants do some weight training during a session. PHOTO: Supplied

GET FIT: Good Life program participants do some weight training during a session. PHOTO: Supplied

"We have had 15 people participate in the first round of the program, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many people starting new forms of exercise and modifying aspects of their lifestyle as a direct result of what they have learnt", Ms Willsmore said.

There has been a strong focus on goal setting and accountability to help participants meet their own goals, which has added to the strength of the program.

"We are very grateful to be able to run a second Good Life program as part of the Naracoorte Wellbeing Program in the coming months."

"This will allow us to reach more people with these important health and wellbeing messages, direct from the experienced, highly knowledgeable and very busy health professionals in our region, at no cost to participants."

"This is a really unique opportunity for older community members to learn the best way to look after their health and wellbeing for free - it's almost too good to be true!" Ms Willsmore said.

If you would like to find out what the Good Life program is all about, you can register your interest at Good Country Physiotherapy by calling 8762 1515, emailing gcp@goodcountryphysio.com.au, sending them a message via their Facebook or Instagram pages (@Good Country Physiotherapy) or popping into their clinic at 157 Smith Street in Naracoorte.

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.