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February 2015

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Refresh and renew your mind, body and soul with Tai Chi

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Start Friday mornings with a journey into holistic wellbeing

Tai Chi is an exercise of slow controlled movements which has proven to have many health benefits. It is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels and is beneficial in improving posture, flexibility, strength and helps a range of disorders including anxiety, arthritis, fatigue, joint stiffness and stress.

Our sessions are lead by Irene, our trained Tai Chi instructor, and are suitable for all ages and abilities and movements can be adapted to suit you if they cause pain or discomfort.

Sessions run every Friday (commencing 13 March) from 9.30am – 11.30am at Gippsland Lakes Community Health [Bakewell/Bulmer Rms] in Lakes Entrance and include light refreshments.  Fee $7 per session

To find out more about Tai Chi or to register your interest, please contact Irene on 5155 8397.

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WELL

NEW Exercise Group for Women with Breast Cancer

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W.E.L.L. Women Exercise Laughter Life

We know that regular exercise has enormous benefits for our general health and wellbeing, and in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

For women diagnosed with breast cancer, regular exercise during and following treatment has been shown to improve both physical and emotional health, and overall quality of life. It can help to improve body weight, muscle strength, confidence, mood, depression and anxiety; and manage some of the physical side effects of breast cancer treatment, such as pain and fatigue.

We’re seeking your input and invite women pre and post-op to join Brooke, our Exercise Physiologist, for afternoon tea and an informal chat about your needs and what you would like out of an exercise group on…

Friday 13 March 2015 from 1.30pm

Bulmer/Bakewell Rms @ GLCH Lakes Entrance

Contact Brooke Palfreyman on 5155 8300 if you would like further details

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Marnie

GLCH staff join volunteer build in Cambodia

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Staff at Gippsland Lakes Community Health are joining the volunteer house building team heading to Cambodia later this month.  The house building trip has become an annual event and has been supported by the Lakes Entrance community for the past five years.  Teams pay their own expenses to travel to Cambodia and fundraise for the cost of the materials for the house.  The team are especially grateful for the ongoing sponsorship by Dahlsens, who provide hammers and gloves.  This year, a team of 22 people will build 22 simple tin and timber houses for the desperately poor.

Pictured: Geoff Downing (Dahlsens) and GLCH staff Brooke Palfreyman, Gary Gray, Megan Bourne, Angela Ellis and Marnie Graham (front)

Kids VC

Vacation care – an educational experience enjoyed by local kids…

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health Children’s Centre delivered a fun packed Vacation Care program for Lakes Entrance children last month, which included a range of educational excursions exploring the local environment.

“Our Vacation Care program provides children with safe, stimulating and creative activities during school holidays”, said Children’s Centre coordinator Jodie Jarvis.

Daily excursions included an ‘exploration’ at Raymond Island, where the children enjoyed Koala spotting, and a paddle in the lake after lunch. They also explored the beach for items of interest to investigate on returning to the centre.

Other activities included a tour of the Lakes Entrance Fisherman’s Co-op where the children watched the fishing boats unload their catch; a recreational fishing demonstration including information about catch length and limits; and a visit to Krowathinkalunkalong (The Keeping Place in Bairnsdale) where they impressed staff with their knowledge of the local indigenous culture.

“Our aim was to engage the children with a variety of fun and exciting local experiences,” explained Ms Jarvis. “We’re confident we achieved this by the reaction from children – some who wished they could attend every day; and the feedback from parents – who are delighted for their children to attend Vacation Care in the next round of school holidays.”

A particular highlight for the children was a trip to the Buchan Caves, where they got to investigate, explore and learn all about the caves history. The children also learnt about the sustainability of the land and animals that live there.  Due to its success, the early childhood educators at the children’s centre decided to include it in their Pre-Primary Program – a program designed to introduce young children to a school-like environment.

Gippsland Lakes Community Health Children’s Centre is an approved care service providing care and education to children from infancy through to school age, in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.

Subject to vacancies the centre provides full time, part time and casual care, before and after school care, 3 year old Kindergarten, Pre-Primary; and out of school hours care (vacation care).  We also cater to children with special needs.

To find out more about our Vacation Care Program or any of our early education services offered at the Children’s Centre’s, contact 5155 3946.

Social Media

Please take part in a quick survey about Social Media

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health is surveying clients across six locations about their social media habits (i.e. use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Apps etc.) and would appreciate a couple of minutes of you time to answer eight multiple choice questions and provide us with some valuable insight that will help influence our Social Media Strategy.

We are interested in your demographic (who you are), what social media channels you are using, how and when you access them, and what interests you.  If you don’t currently use social media – that’s okay, we’re still interested – knowing you don’t use it can also help us with marketing our services and programs.  THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.