At 9am on Tuesday 5 February at the rotunda near the footbridge in Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) will commence a new FREE program called “Active Mums n Happy Bubs”, to bring new mums together to restore their fitness or commence a new fitness journey.
GLCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Medson OAM says, “Those initial stages of motherhood can feel overwhelming at times, so we wanted to create a place where mums can receive support, advice and connect with other mums, as we know that connections during this important time can help with general health and mental wellbeing. This program aims to help the new mothers involved to build social connections, so they feel more encouraged and know where to go, to seek support whenever they need it.”
The program is delivered by GLCH Personal Trainer Kim Woolan, who has expertise in working with new mums and exercise. She says, “When women decide to start or return to exercise after having a baby, it’s really important they do so under qualified supervision, so I’m really excited to be able to help new mums in the region become their best, while they adjust to their new role as a mum.”
Also involved is GLCH’s Accredited Practising Dietitian, Chelsea Arceri, who will be available to the group to provide nutrition-related advice, which is very important for mums and bubs during this post-natal period.
Active Mums n Happy Bubs consists of weekly one-hour exercise sessions, followed by 30 minutes of socialising. The sessions are held in local parks, playground areas and walking tracks around Lakes Entrance and are run in accordance with the school terms.
“Ultimately, we want to help new mums in the area to establish connections with others, so they can get together and exercise or socialise outside the program,” explains Ms Woolan. “Through the program, we also want them to be aware of the local services that they can turn to if they need any support, advice or help along the way.”
“If we can facilitate a more connected and confident community of new mums, who know where to turn when they need support, then we can reduce that sense of isolation that is often experienced during the initial phase of parenthood – and the wider local community will also become stronger and more connected as a result,” says Ms Medson.
Active Mums n Happy Bubs received almost $5,000 as part of the 2018 Freemasons Community Grants program, to fund the initial development and provision of this sought-after community program.
To register your interest or to find out more about the Active Mums n Happy Bubs program phone GLCH (which is also a registered NDIS provider) on 5155 8370.