Fitness programme to be extended

Life will soon become more vibrant for up to 300 people working in Dunedin's central business district, when a fun physical fitness programme co-ordinated by Otago Polytechnic is extended to the area.

The innovative "Spring in2 It" programme has already been running successfully among polytechnic staff for three years and its most enthusiastic participants include polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker.

The programme had previously been extended successfully to staff at the Otago Museum and at the Customs Service, Dunedin, but this will be its biggest extension into the community.

Enrolments open next Tuesday, and the 10-week workplace wellness programme, designed for busy workplaces, is to start on July 23.

The project has been supported by $36,000 in funding from the Well Dunedin Health Trust.

Programme organisers said it could be difficult to get staff "motivated and energised" in winter, but they could help.

The programme, offered in association with the MoveMe initiative and the Dunedin City Council, is aimed at educating workplaces about physical and nutritional health and to encourage more physical activity.

Participants can undergo a health screening process, complete an online diary, and undertake a thorough follow up "post-assessment", including a second health screening.

Mr Ker told the polytechnic's governing council last week the polytechnic's Otago Institute of Sports and Adventure had gained the Well Dunedin funding, after the institute proposal was one of nine selected from 49 initial funding applications.

The aim is to enroll 300 participants who work in the Moray Pl area. A launch function will be held at the Terrace Bar at 5pm next Tuesday.


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