Move-it for a healthy future

Strength in numbers: Janet Bruen is calling on local residents to join her as part of a free support group to help improve health and wellbeing. Picture: Chris Lane
Strength in numbers: Janet Bruen is calling on local residents to join her as part of a free support group to help improve health and wellbeing. Picture: Chris Lane

By her own admission, Janet Bruen is lazy.

"I love my food and I mostly sit around watch television. The only exercise I do is walk around the shops," she said. "I've come to a point in my life that if I don't look after myself now I won't have a healthy future. There is a history of diabetes and high blood pressure in my family that I would like to avoid.

"I have tried many different diets and failed miserably. I attempted to join various gyms in my local area but I was too self conscious of my weight. Apart from that it can be very expensive especially if you don't go on a regular basis."

So the 58-year-old has chosen to go down another route. The Warwick Farm resident has started up a free support group for people looking to get healthy.

Move It will commence on Saturday, February 15 (10am) at the Warwick Farm Neighborhood Centre (corner of Gallop Street and Lawrence Hargrave Road). It's not a bootcamp and will not involve vigorous exercise.

It is a place for support and a way to start your health journey.

"I tried three different dietitians who told me to eat fresh fruit and vegs, drink plenty of water and exercise 30-minutes, three times a week. What they told me is great advice but I realised that I needed more support and to be accountable to other people besides myself," she said.

"I'm calling it Move It because that's exactly what I need to do just move, but ever so gently."