Active Living Classes at Engadine Community Centre to continue

Fit and able: Classes that help keep people active at Engadine Community Centre will continue, as demand from participants has been strong. Picture: John Veage
Fit and able: Classes that help keep people active at Engadine Community Centre will continue, as demand from participants has been strong. Picture: John Veage

Active folk will not be let down - that is the promise being made by Engadine Community Centre, which has vowed to continue providing a "great initiative" despite funding cuts.

In the past two years, a free public exercise class has run in the suburb. Initially designed for people with heart and lung conditions, the class started with only four participants and since has grown to regular numbers of 40-plus.

Funding came to an end earlier this year, and the centre was unable to secure future support from the Department of Health.

Exercise physiologist, Melanie Katzos, says she has no intention of ending the class and losing the community that has been built.

"Classes are still continuing despite the loss of funding," she said.

"Our class has a great sense of community, with the participants bringing along their partners, friends and neighbours.

"All the members have seen improvements to their strength, balance and overall functional capacity, leading to an enhanced quality of life."

The classes are able to keep going because participants pay as they go, at a cost of $7 a class. As an incentive to encourage participants to attend twice weekly, their second class is reduced to $5.

The class provides ongoing support for participants who have undertaken pulmonary rehabilitation within the Sutherland Hospital as well as for the wider community. Anyone is able to join, as long as they have had a clearance to exercise from their GP or specialist.

"So far we've maintained our numbers at 25-35 which has been great," Ms Katzos said.

"We have also maintained our support from pulmonary rehab at Sutherland hospital."

Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30 -11.30am.

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