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Putting the well in Wellington workers

10 January 2008

Putting the well in Wellington workers

Wellington city workers are being encouraged to get out of their chairs and get moving in 2008 as part of the Putting the Well in Wellington exercise campaign.

In a bid to help address the growing obesity epidemic Wellington City Council and Mishfitness Limited will hold free weekly exercise sessions at Frank Kitts Park every Wednesday (except Waitangi Day) for six weeks from 30 January until 5 March.

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says everyone knows that regular physical activity is fun and helps improve our quality of life. “Unfortunately our busy lives often don’t leave time for physical activity. This is a trend we need to reverse.”

The exercise sessions will involve choreographed walking and easy bodyweight resistance exercises led by Mishfitness personal trainers.

Mish McCormack, of Mishfitness, says the 30-minute exercise sessions will be heaps of fun. “We’re looking forward to having the Mayor and other celebrities participate. You may even be rewarded with a spot prize.

“Fit and healthy employees are more energetic, creative, innovative and productive and we hope that Wellington employers actively encourage their staff to take part in this exercise programme. More than 50 percent of New Zealanders are now overweight or obese and are putting themselves at risk of developing a range of diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure,” says Ms McCormack. “Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day can build a solid foundation for improved health and well-being, so grab a workmate and get down to the waterfront for 30 minutes of exercise.”

The first Putting the Well in Wellington exercise session will be held at 12.15pm on Wednesday 30 January.


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