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Strength and balance class comes to Katikati - plus more classes added

Monday, February 12, 2018

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Katikati’s first-ever strength and balance class for older adults, designed to reduce falls and improve movement confidence, is launching this month as part of a Sport Bay of Plenty initiative.

Keep on your Feet is about creating access to approved community group strength and balance classes across Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty, as part of a nation-wide drive to reduce falls and fractures, and support older people to ‘live stronger for longer’.

Twenty-five strength and balance classes, run by 16 different providers, are now part of the Keep on your Feet project around the Western and Eastern bay of Plenty, with more in the pipeline.

Keep on your Feet Katikati classes start on February 20 at Katikati Community Resource Centre, Katikati. Classes are held 1pm to 2pm. For more information contact Sharnie Riley on 021 111 8617 or sharnie-r@xtra.co.nz

In addition to the new Katikati class, new sessions have also been added to Tauranga. Please see below the new classes:

Keep on your Feet

Description: Improve your strength and balance in a fun, safe and social environment. Suitable for all abilities.

Contact name: Sarah Nicol

Phone number: 027 636 1128

Email: sarah@armadillo.co.nz

Class location: Bethlehem Hall, 239 SH 2

Day: Wednesday

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Cost: $5

Keep on your Feet

Description: Improve your strength and balance in a fun, safe and social environment. Suitable for all abilities.

Contact name: Maureen Taylor

Phone number: 027 533 6363

Email: maureen@bodiwellness.co.nz

Class location: Elizabeth St Community & Arts Centre, 169 Elizabeth St, Tauranga

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 10am – 11am

Cost: $6 per class or $50 concession for 10 classes

Balance & Falls Prevention Class (Starts March 5)

Description: Supervised and monitored exercise programme designed to provide comprehensive care to people who have balance issues or who may be at a falls risk.

Contact name: Pippa Grieve

Phone number: 07 975 0005

Email: Pippa.Grieve@switchedon.org.nz

Class location: SwtichedOn, 14B Hocking St, Mount Maunganui

Day: Monday

Time: 10am – 11am

Cost: $5

Keep on your Feet

Description: Improve your strength and balance in a fun, safe and social environment. Suitable for all abilities.

Contact name: Lynda Hitchfield

Phone number: 07 574 0457 or 029 230 0162

Email: lahitchfield@gmail.com

Class location: Arataki Community Centre, Zambuck Way, Mount Maunganui

Day: Wednesday

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: $6

As part of the Keep on your Feet project, Sport Bay of Plenty is going around community groups promoting the benefits of keeping active as you age.

If you belong to an older adult community group that has a regular guest speaker and you would like to learn how you can maintain your strength and balance through a set of simple and effective exercises, contact Jen Riley, Keep on your Feet Project Leader, on 027 419 0067 or email jenr@sportbop.co.nz

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