Most outta life

Smithton District Hospital’s Marlene Brown and Sandra Schuuring are calling on community members with chronic conditions to join them and ‘Get the Most Out of Life’ through a gentle, six-week health program. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Health. Smithton District Hospital is offering locals the opportunity to enrol in the free Get the Most Out of Life (GTMOOL) program.

GTMOOL is a six-week program that provides participants with practical and fun ways to learn to manage their health issues with the aim of maintaining an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

It is open to anyone with a long-term or chronic health condition, who would like to improve their health and get the most out of each day.

GTMOOL peer support worker Sandra Schuuring said the program was not just an exercise or fitness program.

“It instead focuses on managing symptoms, learning to communicate effectively with health care providers, improving general health and learning to make everyday tasks easier,” Ms Schuuring said.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a carer or support worker.

“You do not have to do it on your own!” Ms Schuuring said. “People gain friendship and know they are not out there alone, there are other people with the same condition who they can call for support.”

The Smithton Get the Most Out of Life program will begin on Tuesday October 11.

Participants will attend a weekly two and a half hour session facilitated by Sandra and registered nurse Marlene Brown.

For more information or to register, phone Sandra at the hospital on 6478 9533.

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