A first-year Border fitness program targeted at people over 50 from multicultural backgrounds has been hailed a major success.
The cultural exchange initiative run by Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau has had Bhutanese, Indian, Congolese and Tanzanian participants complete gentle movements aimed to enhance mobility and promote health and wellbeing.
Coordinator Lou Newman said a "three-pronged approach" proved beneficial for all involved.
"It's fitness, social interaction and cultural exchange," she said.
"A lot of them don't have transport, so sometimes it's their only outing each week.
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"It's fantastic to get an understanding of different cultures, as well as the fitness.
"It's all related to things you would normally be doing in your house like getting out of a chair or leaning over to pick up something.
"At the end we try to have a bit of a chat and we have an interpreter because some of them don't speak English."
Support is required for the free program to continue beyond April after it was funded by the NSW government's Staying Active scheme.
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