Walkers weigh in

YESTERDAY’s early roll-call at the first official launch of Gin Gin’s ‘Walk It Off’ program saw 30 local residents register, weigh in and undergo basic testing at the Gin Gin Youth Activity Centre.

More than 50 others attended the 10am launch to take total registrations past 85 — a response that delighted organisers.

Gin Gin community development officer Bob Dieckmann told the early attendees the purpose of the program was to encourage the community to come together to improve its collective health and lifestyle.

“We’ll be encouraging people to walk in groups, which will help promote a sense of community spirit as well as develop friendships,” Mr Dieckmann said.

He acknowledged that walking may be difficult for some, but hoped they would engage in other exercise activities with the same purpose in mind.

“For different reasons, some people won’t be able to engage in a walking program, but there are other things they can do,” he said.

“It’s all about getting out and doing something extra, which may include gardening, cycling, swimming or some gym work.”

Mr Dieckmann said that while exercising in groups was encouraged, those who exercised alone could still register for the program, and only had to report in with progress reports to his office.

He said monthly discussions were planned, which would include guest speakers, the first of whom would provide information on diabetes.

As residents registered, they were presented with a free bag containing a pedometer, tape measure, recipe book and information on health.



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