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Exercise Parks for Seniors to be Built in Ballarat and Banyule

State Trustees Australia Foundation has awarded the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) $250,600 in grant funding to construct Seniors Exercise Parks in the Cities of Ballarat and Banyule.

Seniors Exercise Parks feature innovative outdoor exercise equipment designed for older people that integrates multiple exercise stations to improve strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and function.

These parks are part of NARI’s ‘ENJOY MAP for HEALTH’ project, which includes evaluation of the parks impact and the development of an online platform and mobile application with tailored exercise instructions, videos, and safety tips.

State Trustees CEO Matt Carrick said the project was a worthy recipient, with the quarter of a million-dollar grant being used to promote ageing well and social inclusion in regional and metropolitan Victoria communities.

“This grant is about fostering wellbeing in Victorian seniors. Outdoor exercise is a great way to stay healthy, interact with friends and keep active,” Carrick said.

“We thank the generosity of individuals and the families who donated to the Foundation during their lifetime or as a gift in their will. This grant follows over $26 million which has been distributed to charities over the past 25 years.”

Professor Briony Dow, Director of the National Ageing Research Institute said that “the ENJOY MAP for HEALTH project builds on our previous several year’s work demonstrating the positive benefits of using the Seniors Exercise Parks for older people. Our research shows utilising the parks improves strength, balance and function in older people, and their social wellbeing improves.”

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