Count­ing the ben­e­fits of health pro­gram

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 -­mu­ni­ d443880 THE Coun­tUSin pro­gram has helped change the lives of more than 200 City of Bel­mont res­i­dents, and now that it is in its 10th round, it will af­fect many more lives.

It is a 10-week pro­gram that in­cludes a three-month gym mem­ber­ship, weekly ex­er­cise group ses­sions co-or­di­nated and run by men­tors who are qual­i­fied per- sonal train­ers, in ad­di­tion to fort­nightly cook­ing classes

City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said the pro­gram con­tin­ues to be a great suc­cess for res­i­dents of all ages, en­cour­ag­ing healthy liv­ing for all.

“Coun­tUSin is not only an av­enue to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion on nutri­tion and healthy lifestyles; it also works to con­nect the lo­cal com­mu­nity to fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vice providers avail­able through­out the City,” he said.

Par­tic­i­pant Sarah Bur­ton said the Coun­tUSin pro­gram had al­lowed her to re­gain her self-con­fi­dence.

“It has made such a dif­fer­ence. I not only lost 9.3kg in 9 weeks but I also de­creased my rest­ing blood pres­sure and pulse, im- proved flex­i­bil­ity and all my ini­tial mea­sure­ments,” she said.

“I feel stronger and able to con­tinue my weight loss jour­ney with what our men­tors taught us.”

To find out if you are el­i­gi­ble or for in­for­ma­tion con­tact Sa­man­tha Brad­der, Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­ject Of­fi­cer on 9477 7438 or email: sa­man­tha.brad­der@bel­

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Sarah Bur­ton with Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks.

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