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Free new program to make health a habit in Broken Hill

A new free program has launched at the Y, offering all Broken Hill locals more opportunities to stay active and connected to community. 

The PaWS (Prevention and Wellness Sessions) program kicked off last week, offering free opt-in weekly education and exercise sessions at three locations in Broken Hill. 

The weekly sessions will include gentle exercise or workshops and take place at 10am on Thursdays thanks to a $6000 Community Assistance Grant from Broken Hill City Council. Y Youth and Community Projects Officer Dionne Devlin said the funding was a game changer. 

“Thanks to the grant the program - which began a year ago as monthly sessions in collaboration with the Local Health District - will expand to help more people establish healthy habits, form connections within community and learn about their bodies and ways to stay active and prevent illness and injury,” Ms Devlin said. 

“At the Y early intervention and holistic wellness is what we do, and we’re excited to partner with a great range of community members, healthcare professionals and local organisations to deliver practical wellness session that everyone can get involved with. 

“Incentives will be offered for improvement in fitness and health, including free vouchers distributed to try out different Y programs and activities and measurement sessions every month.” 

The program will be delivered across three locations: Patton park, the Y Broken Hill Integrated Wellness Centre and Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre. The next session is scheduled for February 27 at the Aquatic Centre and all are welcome. 

To register call the Integrated Wellness Centre on 8088 1999 or for more information, email dionne.devlin@ymcansw.org.au 

MEDIA:  Madeleine Clarke on 0400 974 816 or Kate Hancock on 0439 427 522

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