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Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Ageing, John Ajaka, and Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries, announced the NSW government has partnered with the Aquatic and Recreation Institute (ARI) to deliver a pilot program that will help people aged 50 and over to stay healthy and active through exercise.

‘The ARI Active Ageing program is designed to encourage people aged 50 and over to get healthy and active through subsidised aqua fitness and gentle exercise classes run by qualified professionals at 13 pilot sites across the state’, said Minister Upton.

‘Some people may think they’re too old to go to the gym or take classes, but the truth is it’s never too late to start exercising – or to get back into healthy habits’, she said.

Minister for Ageing, John Ajaka, said the initiative will make fitness programs more accessible, affordable and appealing for people aged 50 and over.

‘The classes will provide a social and welcoming atmosphere while focusing on the development of strength and balance to help prevent falls and improve participants’ cardiovascular health’, said Mr Ajaka.

‘The instructors will receive training ensuring they are equipped to work with older adults and within regional communities.

‘The classes are tailored to people aged over 50 and aim to be enjoyable as well as improve fitness.’

Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries, said investment in healthy activities now could lead to savings in health and aged care costs in the future.

‘Regular exercise contributes to good physical and mental health – however too many people are not getting the physical activity they need’, said Mr Humphries.

‘When people take ownership of their own health and wellbeing and make a commitment to stay healthy they are reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and will stay feeling young.’

For more information on ARI Active Ageing, visit the Aquatic & Recreation Institute website at www.aquaticinstitute.com.au/activeageing.  

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