Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

Vietnam Vets Going Strong

About six years ago Vietnam Vet David Sikorski was at a lunch for the Vietnam Veterans Association when he heard about Healthy Heart Week – it was the prompt he needed to make that step towards being more physically active, and it made sense to invite other Vietnam Vets to join him in finding the right exercise for them.

David discovered the LiveWell Program at the Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Waurn Ponds and the group began exercising there. The thing that makes the LiveWell program such an excellent fit for the group is that it’s designed for over 55 year-olds. The program uses a progressive approach to improve mobility and the outcomes have been nothing short of astonishing. Participants are increasing strength, and improving their balance, coordination, and cardio vascular health. In turn, this is preventing injury and improving well-being.

In David’s Vietnam Vet group, they’ve also been able to address pre-existing injuries and work to improve any associated pain or weakness. “The Live Well program has really changed our approach,” says David. “We focus on building our strength to assist with injury prevention through all the exercises in our workout.”

Today, more that 15 Vietnam Vets are part of the group, getting together on a Monday and Wednesday at Leisurelink. David says – “We really love it. We have made some big improvements to our physical health and importantly our mental health. Our group is very social, we do our workout and then catch up for a coffee and a chat – which has a huge impact on our overall health and wellbeing.”

Linda Ennis, the LiveWell Coordinator, has also noticed some significant changes since the group commenced: “I’ve seen some drastic improvements to fitness and wellbeing. Seeing people who have barely been able to walk, ditch their walking stick and come off heart and blood pressure medication has been so rewarding”.

David highly recommends that semi-retired or retirees from any background check out the LiveWell program – “We find that we have a lot in common so it helps us to support each other, remain fit and healthy both physically and mentally”. There are other groups in the program that don’t require you to be a Vietnam Vet and all are in a relaxed and supportive environment with a knowledgeable trainer.

Premier’s Active April is the perfect opportunity to give it a go – there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain especially because Leisurelink are offering 10 free passes to the centre for Active April participants.

It’s easy to register for Active April for your Leisurelink free passes, you’ll find all of the information here.

Then simply present your Active April card to the reception desk for entry.

While you’re there, keep an eye out for David and say hello.

Last updated: March 10, 2020 at: 11:11 am

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