Healthy Bones 2014

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Healthy Bones provides community classes for older people who benefit by taking part in regular gentle exercise. Health practioner Bronia Warden said the classes could help people who now find they cannot be referred to the Exercise Referral Scheme, set up for people with health problems who were referred by their GP.

It supported people who have health problems which prevented them from taking part in mainstream physical activities.

But Bronia, a physical activity specialist practitioner, said it was important people were aware of alternatives to the scheme and believes the community classes that she runs could be an answer to the problem.

She said: “When people have major health issues in their lives, it is important that physical activity practitioners work with them to develop an appropriate physical activity programme to enable them to have greater control of their illness or disease and increase their physical activity levels.

"This activity should be a constant feature of the individual's lifestyle and not just a short burst."

They also have some specialist classes which are paid for by the Parkinson's Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 She added: “It's important that people realise that places like the Metrodome and our classes have individuals who are highly trained and qualified to monitor their specialist clients –the exercises are based around improving strength and balance which is evidence based exercise. Not many people are qualified to carry this sort of thing out safely and in many instances poor instructors can do more harm than good.

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