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Volunteers get health benefits while helping environment

Green Gym has launched in Australia, with trial programs for people aged 50–80 being held in NSW and South Australia.

The award-winning concept, which originated in the UK, is a way for individuals to combine volunteering, conservation and physical activity.

Started by British GP Dr William Bird and the UK Conservation Volunteers, green gyms aim to provide outdoor exercise in a supervised environment while helping the local environment. Tasks include planting seedlings, weeding, restoring parks and creating habitats for native wildlife. No prior experience nor fitness levels are required.

The Conservation Volunteers say the programs are designed as exercise that makes a difference.

The trial programs are specifically looking for older Australians who want to improve their fitness while enjoying the company of others. The emphasis is very much on health and social interaction.

The sessions run for three hours and provide transport, refreshments and a cool down after the activities.

While the sessions will be held outdoors, they will occur close to facilities.

Registrations for the trials are currently open, with each trial holding several sessions throughout the week at different sites.

To sign up for the trial and to find out more information:

Sydney:
Phone:  (02) 9331 1610
Email: [email protected]
http://conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-gym/new-south-wales/

Adelaide:
Phone: (08) 8352 4111
[email protected]
http://conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-gym/south-australia/

 

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