Free fitness program breaks social isolation for Berwick mums

Live Life Get Active Waterfront Park camp reports impressive results.

By Jessica Anstice

Since June 2016, the Live Life Get Active program held at Berwick Waters’ Waterfront Park has grown to 694 members, attracted to its free mix of weekly workout sessions.

For women in Berwick, who make up 93 per cent of members, the program is proving vital in beating social isolation and building a local support network.

Results from the Live Life Get Active camp show members have lost as impressive 674kg and 929cm off their waistlines through a mix of cross-training, boxing and yoga sessions.

And, Live Life Get Active Vic master trainer Tim Morgan says the camp is also having a positive influence on people’s social lives.

“One of the biggest results we see is the friendships people are making by joining the camps,” Mr Morgan said.

“For the majority of the members at Berwick Waters, who are young mums, the camp has provided a social outlet for them.

They keep coming back because of the friendships they have made, and the workouts then have a real impact on their lives with better health outcomes.”

A Live Life Get Active report on the health status of Berwick Waters camp members shows:

• 60% are pre-diabetic1 and therefore at risk of developing diabetes in the next 5 years

• 18% report depression, slightly higher than the national average of 17.5%2

• 13% report having no network of friends or family

• Family/partner ranks as the number one stress factor

Camp member Anna says that through the camp she has had the opportunity to get fit and lose weight.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to train with great personal trainers without the high costs a PT normally has,” she said.

“I’ve lost three kg to date and about three cm off my waist so far. I’ve also found I feel happier and have more energy.

“It’s fun and makes me accountable to someone. I really enjoy going, and it’s free.”

The Live Life Get Active program is being offered free at Waterfront Park through the support of Frasers Property Australia.

For further information about the Live Life Get Active program and to get involved, visit www.livelifegetactive.com.

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