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Cairns Residents take 'Steady Steps' for health and fitness

Cairns Residents take 'Steady Steps' for health and fitness

Oak Tree Cairns residents stepped into the 12 week "Steady Steps" program this week as organised by the Positive Ageing Group (PAGER).

With over 30 people in attendance, residents as well as visitors, the gentle exercise program has been set up to aid in balance control and general falls prevention.

New statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show almost 85,000 older people were admitted to hospital after falls in the years 2009-2010. (As quoted by www.theage.com.au/victoria).

This program is designed to help combat and reduce these large numbers. It targets balance and muscle strength in the physical body.

The program is hoped to  enrich the wellbeing of seniors to give a total experience of information, exercise, a cuppa, some fun and laughter.

A group of research students from James Cook University were here through out the first program to collect data for their research on the effectiveness the program has on health. Participants will be tested again towards the end of the program. The results will be used as evidence to have these programs funded on a continual basis and to have them run consistently throughout the State.

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