The City of Unley and Eastern Region Alliance Councils will receive more than $590,000 in funding over two years after being announced as one of 27 organisations to receive a grant from Sport Australia.
The grant will fund the new Daily Moves program, which aims to engage about 800 participants aged over 65 across the Eastern Region Alliance Councils, for physical health assessments and to develop personalised exercise plans.
City of Unley Mayor Michael Hewitson said the program would be delivered in partnership with five neighbouring councils: City of Burnside, City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters, City of Campbelltown, Town of Walkerville and City of Prospect.
“The City of Unley was the first council in South Australia to become a World Health Organisation Age Friendly City and Community,” Mayor Hewitson said.
“Winning this grant is recognition of our leadership, and we look forward to making a positive impact on older people’s lives.”
Program participants will assessed for health factors, including balance, sleep quality and grip strength, to guide a personalised physical exercise plan. The plan will include recommendations about local activities in fitness businesses, clubs and community settings or a home-based program.
Specific needs of individuals will be supported through modified fitness activities such as ‘walking soccer’ or one-on-one assistance.
Mayor Hewitson said the program would help more people stay active as they age.
“Only 25 per cent of people aged over 65 meet the physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes a day,” he said.
“South Australia is ageing faster than any other mainland state and the City of Unley wants to ensure our people are living healthy, active and resilient lives.”
Program partners will be assessed on being age friendly and provided with resources to ensure participants have their needs met.
The City of Unley will co-ordinate the Daily Moves program for the Eastern Region Alliance with two grant funded staff members.
Karen Cini, Communications Officer, 0409 176 135