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More Chair Based Exercise Sessions in the Community 8 September 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security Public Health Directorate would like to thank all those who came along to any of the chair based exercise sessions in the community that were run in August in Castletown, Onchan, Ramsey and Peel.

Such was the fantastic turn out and the enthusiasm of the participants that weekly sessions are to be held at the same venues from mid September. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions, which are free of charge. They will include one hour of gentle exercise and there will be time for a chat and a drink after the session. There will also be a chance to discuss a range of lifestyle issues each week.

If you are thinking of joining the session, but are not sure if the exercises are for you, some responses from participants’ of the taster sessions include; “Great fun and not too strenuous” and “very rewarding, some exercises were easier than others for my particular abilities”. All attendees who filled in a questionnaire expressed a want for weekly or fortnightly sessions; “We all could do with regular sessions to improve on physical/mental health” and preferred to exercise with others in a group; “many of us are afraid to exercise alone”.

The Public Health Directorate would like to thank the wardens and Onchan and Castletown commissioners for allowing the free use of the residents lounge in both Springfield Court and Sandfield Court.

The first of the weekly sessions are to be run as follows:

Ramsey: Monday 15h September 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Ramsey Town hall, 1st Floor

Castletown: Tuesday 16th September 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. Sandfield Court Residents Lounge

Peel: Wednesday 17th September 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Corrin Hall, Peel

Onchan: Thursday 18th September 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. Springfield Court Residents Lounge

All participants will receive an exercise booklet and resistance band to take home with them to encourage further practice.

These exercise sessions can help towards improved balance, coordination, mobility and confidence, and aim to assist with independence for activities of daily living in a fun and supportive environment. If you have any questions about the exercises, or would like to know more about a session, please call Public Health on 642668.

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