Franklin gets off of the couch and en­joys fit­ness

Franklin County News - - SPORT -

A mo­bile ex­er­cise truck is bring­ing fit­ness to the doorstep of com­mu­ni­ties in Franklin.

The pro­gramme, known as ‘Off the Couch’ is funded by the Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion ProCare and de­liv­ered by Buck and Lu­cre­tia Stow­ers, has been vis­it­ing Nga Hau E Wha O Marae in Pukekohe each Tues­day since March 6.

Three gen­er­a­tions of one lo­cal fam­ily have taken ad­van­tage of the free pro­gramme. Doreen Kihi, 65-years-old, heard about the pro­gramme and de­cided to give it a go.

‘‘Off the Couch has been great, I’d do it again, young or old, we should all be do­ing this! That’s why I brought my daugh­ter and grand- daugh­ter with me,’’ she said

An­other par­tic­i­pant is Josie Tauhara who joined the pro­gramme to lose weight, in­crease fit­ness and im­prove her breath­ing.

‘‘I lost my right lung in car crash when I was 16-years-old, it’s been dif­fi­cult to ex­er­cise with con­stant back pain. Off the Couch is a cool op­por­tu­nity to get ac­tive ,’’ Tauhara said.

The ini­tia­tive aims to mo­ti­vate, sup­port and en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als and whanau of all ages to get in­volved and have fun with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise..

To find out more about the pro­gramme con­tact Tracey Thomp­sonon 021 243 2051 or


Three gen­er­a­tions of a Pukekohe fam­ily, Char­lene Kihi, Kiki Tay­lor and Doreen Kihi are get­ting fit with the Off the Couch ex­er­cise pro­gramme.

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