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Active & Healthy program

City of Gold Coast's award winning Active & Healthy program has been getting thousands of residents up, out and active every week for many years.

Active & Healthy mental health recovery

Exercise can have a positive and important role in the recovery of mental illness. Apart from the obvious physical health benefits, exercise also can assist in alleviating low self-esteem and social withdrawal.

Evidence is emerging that exercise is effective as a treatment for clinical depression and anxiety. The Gold Coast Active and Health Recovery program below offers support to individuals with mental illness and their carers who would like to become more physically active.

All fitness professionals running programs are trained in mental health first aid. Community members and their carers are encouraged to participate in these supportive classes. 'Mental health first aid' is the help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. First aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

Have you participated in one of our Active & Healthy activities? If so, we would love your feedback. Please complete our Active and Healthy Program survey.

Walk and chill

Enjoy a relaxed walk and chill with friends in the fresh air. Family, friends and your pets are welcome.

Bookings not required unless indicated by an "*".

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Monday 2pm Auscare House
209 Cotlew Street, Ashmore
(walk as a group to Silver Bridle Park)
Marc Roettelerm
First Step Rehabilitation
Ph: 0409 025 048
marc@firststepprehab.com.au
Free
Wednesday 2pm Broadwater Parklands
Marine Parade, Southport
(meet at the stage on the main lawn)
Focus Fitness
Ph: 0422 220 468
info@focusfitness.biz
Free
Thursday 1pm Palm Beach Clinic
9 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
Focus Fitness
Ph: 0422 220 468
info@focusfitness.biz
Free
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 9.30am Harley Park
Marine Parade, Labrador
(meet in front of Charis Seafood)
Equilibrium Health
Ph: 07 5528 2255
Free*
Saturday youth 8.30am - 9.30am Harley Park
Marine Parade, Labrador
(meet in front of Charis Seafood)
Equilibrium Health
Ph: 07 5528 2255
Free*

Journaling workshop

This women's only group incorporates writing exercises, mindfulness, meditation techniques and sharing circle. Writing about your life, your joys, successes, grief, pain and losses has the power to help heal physically and mentally.

Bookings required. Contact Katrina on 0456 666 656.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Thursday 10am - 1pm Nerang Country Paradise Community and Learning Hub
231 Beaudesert Nerang Road
Katrina
Ph: 0456 666 656
$10

Wellness is within program

Held over four Saturdays, this program encompasses healthy eating, mindfulness and breathing practices with a bushwalk in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The course is perfect if you are looking for techniques and awareness to gain control over your physical, mental and emotional health. Maximum class size is eight.

Bookings required. Contact Shirley Hicks on 07 5530 6708 or 0419 800 412, or email greatvibes16@gmail.com.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Saturday
2017:
6 May, 27 May, 10 June
9am - 1pm Wellness is within
Suite 2/18 Lake Street, Varsity Lakes
Shirley Hicks
Ph: 07 5530 6708 or
0419 800 412
$40 per four hour session

Beginner yoga

During this six week program, you will gain an understanding of the philosophy as well as experience yoga and the impact it could have on your wellbeing. Maximum class size is five.

Bookings required. Contact Shirley Hicks on 07 5530 6708 or 0419 800 412, or email greatvibes16@gmail.com.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Tuesday
2017:
4 April - 9 May
10.30am - 11.30am Wellness is within
Suite 2/18 Lake Street, Varsity Lakes
Shirley Hicks
Ph: 07 5530 6708 or
0419 800 412
$12 per class

Yoga for emotional resilience

This six week introductory program supports those wishing to explore specific practices to assist in relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Bookings not required.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Thursday
2017: 6 April - 11 May
10.30am - 11.30am Wellness is within
Suite 2/18 Lake Street,
Varsity Lakes
Shirley Hicks
Ph: 07 5530 6708 or
0419 800 412
$12 per class

Senior group exercise classes

Run by a qualified exercise physiologist, these classes are low impact with a high element of fun. The focus is on resistance training to help decrease bone degeneration, improve muscle tone and stability, and reduce the risk of falls.

Bookings not required. Contact Harmonee Dove, General Wellness Centre, on 07 5630 4466.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Monday and Wednesday 9.30am Upper Coomera Community Centre, Activity Room 2
cnr Reserve Road and Abrahams Road, Upper Coomera
General Wellness Centre
Harmonee Dove
Ph: 07 5630 4466
$5
Monday, Thursday 2pm, 9am Robina Community Centre
cnr San Antonia Court and Robina Town Centre Drive
General Wellness Centre
Harmonee Dove
Ph: 07 5630 4466
$5
Friday (includes hydrotherapy on alternative weeks) 9.30am Baldwin Living Sequana
2 Cater Street, Upper Coomera
General Wellness Centre
Harmonee Dove
Ph: 07 5630 4455
$5

Body positive group fitness

A fun and friendly environment is offered to exercise and meet like-minded people of all fitness levels and abilities. We are a body positive group who make exercise accessible for everyone.

Bookings required. Contact Rachelle Ballard-Clayton on 0403 163 201 or visit www.meepersonaltraining.com.au.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Saturday
2017: February - April
7am - 8am Assisi Catholic College Spoleto undercover area
Billinghurst Drive, Upper Coomera
Rachelle Ballard-Clayton
Ph: 0403 163 201
$15

Holistic bodies

This program offers group fitness, mediation, walking, stretching, Pilates, yoga, circuits and strength training. Meet like-minded people as you get fit and have fun while strengthening and maintaining a healthy body and mind. The program is for males and females of all ages and fitness levels.

Bookings required. Contact Briony Andrews on 0409 755 798 or visit www.breezepilatesandyoga.com.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Monday and Wednesday 9am - 10am Bischof Pioneer Park
Nerang Street, Nerang
Briony Andrews
Ph: 0409 755 798
$13

Mums zone circuit and boxing

These fun, socially interactive circuit and boxing classes are taken by a qualified personal trainer and supported by the Northern Gold Coast Communities for Children program.

Bookings required. Contact Sally MacKinnon on 0412 682 008 or email salmackinnon@bigpond.com.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Tuesday (circuit) Wednesday (boxing) 9.30am Oxenford-Coomera Community Youth Centre
25 Leo Graham Way, Oxenford
Sally MacKinnon
Ph: 0412 682 008
salmackinnon@bigpond.com
Free to $5

Drop in relaxation

Join this relaxation class to help restore your mental and physical energy for the rest of the week. All equipment is supplied.

Bookings required. Contact Shirley Hicks on 07 5530 6708 or 0419 800 412, or email greatvibes16@gmail.com

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Wednesday 12pm - 12.45pm Wellness is within
Suite 2/18 Lake Street, Varsity Lakes
Shirley Hicks
Ph: 0412 800 412
greatvibes16@gmail.com
Donation to Lighthouse Foundation

Holistic stress management

Walk away with strategies to manage stress, plus relaxation techniques using yoga exercises and breathing. Up to ten in the group, with both qualified facilitators sharing the role. Yoga mats and bolsters supplied but participants can bring their own.

Bookings required. Contact Elaine Evans on 0411 633 499.

Day/s Time Location Contact Cost
Tuesday (fortnightly) 1.30pm - 3.15pm Nerang Community Hall
34 Price Street, Nerang
Elaine Evans
Ph: 0411 633 499
$18

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