‘Young at Heart’ keeps residents healthy

A ‘Young at Heart’ physical activity programme has been established for the Limavady area as part of the Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP).

The programme, devised as a physical activity challenge by the Health Development Officer and Active Communities Coach, was designed to give ladies an opportunity to participate in a range of activities that would improve their physical health and social well being.

The programme that runs for six weeks includes ‘dancercise, aerobics and Zumba with a twist’. Participants were provided with refreshments afterwards for all their hard work in the class.

The ladies who took part greatly enjoyed the class and one commented, “We really enjoy coming to this class. Nicola is a breath of fresh air and certainly keeps us on our toes. It is great to be a part of the class and have the time afterwards for tea and a chat.”

Eimear Teague Health Development Officer commented, “There has been extremely positive feedback from the ladies involved in the programme. It is hoped that we can now extend this programme and include other activities such as crafts and alternative therapies. I am delighted that NHIP could provide this opportunity and we hope to see many more faces in the future health programmes. This is an excellent demonstration of partnership working and we hope to continue this link. ”

Nicola Taylor, Active Communities coach added, “I am delighted with the turn-out and enthusiasm from the ladies, they certainly brighten up a Monday morning. The class has grown each week which is excellent to see. Physical activity is something that must be promoted regardless of age. If you think this type of class would interest you come along and give it a go!”

Due to the success of this programme, it will continue on a Monday at 10.00am in Roe Valley Leisure Centre. New participants are more than welcome to come along.