Jerry leg exercise web

6 September 2016

Are you aboriginal, aged over 45 years old and wanting to reduce your risk of falling by strengthening your legs?

According to Injury Control Council of Western Australia Aboriginal people are 1.3 times more likely to be hospitalised, as a result of a fall than non-Aboriginal people. Leg strengthening exercises are particularly beneficial to improve balance and lessen the risk of falls.

A new exercise program called ‘Strengthen Your Legs’ will be run by the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) at 167 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton.

The program is made up of gentle exercises designed for lower limb strength, to promote balance and increase cardiovascular fitness. It will incorporate games and activities that the participants can enjoy.

Commencing on Thursday 8th September, the program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The program will run through until the beginning of December.

The program will be led by a WACRH Physiotherapist and supported by allied health students on placement. After the session there will be a yarning and provision of lunch.

Professor Sandra Thompson, Director of WACRH, hopes that after successfully establishing the program in Geraldton it can be taken to more remote settings such as Mullewa and Mount Magnet to help develop service-learning opportunities for its students.

The Strengthen Your Legs program has been funded a ‘Stay on Your Feet’ grant from the WA Government and the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA).

The program has been developed by WACRH in consultation with the Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation (GSAC), Primary Health Service 360 Health and Community, Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) and WA Primary Health Alliance.

To book into the free ‘Strengthen Your Legs’ exercise program, contact WACRH on 9956 0200 or contact Adrian Bartlett at GSAC on 9956 2172.

Photo caption: Local Geraldton resident Jerry Maher practicing his legs strengthening exercises at the WA Centre for Rural Health’s gymnasium.

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