On balance, Active April is a huge success

ABOVE: Margaret Maher leads a tai chi class during Active April — “it just teaches you to relax more and to use your  body in the right way,” she says.  Picture: David Thorpe

ABOVE: Margaret Maher leads a tai chi class during Active April — “it just teaches you to relax more and to use your body in the right way,” she says. Picture: David Thorpe

WODONGA’S Active April has ended with organisers saying 500 residents had tried activities from tai chi to bike riding.

Margaret Maher, who’s instructed tai chi in Wodonga for four years, said there had been a rise from 12 participants to 50 in that time.

“It’s now known how beneficial it is,” she said.

“It helps prevent falls for those with stability problems and teaches you to use your body in the right way.”

Mrs Maher said any encouragement for people to exercise was a good thing.

“It’s a wonderful thing they’ve done,” she said.

“There’s so many wonderful things you can do in Wodonga if it’s introduced to people.”

The Victorian government’s Premier’s Active April was co-ordinated locally by Healthy Together Wodonga.

Its team leader, Claire Taylor, said the project aimed to improve people’s lives where “they live, learn, work and play through recognising and strengthening the role of community leadership in preventive health.”

Mrs Maher runs four classes a week at the Senior Citizens Centre.

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