Lifelong Strength and Wellness Program officially launched in Orange


The Lifelong Strength and Wellness Program, launched on Thursday 4 April at the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS), demonstrates a positive step forward in promoting healthy aging in the community. The program launched in the Walu-win Centre at OAMS, and is a dedicated space for wellbeing and rehabilitation in Orange, western NSW. Walu-win means 'healthy' in Wiradjuri language. 

The program utilises evidence-based, progressive strength training and exercise research. It has been specifically tailored to enhance overall wellbeing and quality of life among its participants. Progressive strength training has been shown to have huge positive impacts for individuals as they age, which makes strength a cornerstone of the program. 

Designed to be safe, accessible, enjoyable, and personalised, the Lifelong Strength and Wellness Program caters to individuals aged 65 and above, or 45 and above for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Beyond strength training, the program offers a holistic approach to health, including nutritional guidance from a dietitian and exercise components aimed at enhancing muscle strength and overall health. 

Registration for the program is now open, and interested individuals can reach out to Anna Blackie at OAMS for more information. This program has been made possible through funding and support from the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) reflecting a collaborative effort to prioritise community health and wellbeing.