20 Mar 2014
Residents from a Bethune Court in St Leonards took taking part in a national fitness month to get fit for summer.
taff from Bethune Court took part in Anchor’s Community Wellbeing Month in March with a “Fitness For Fun” week from 10 -14 March. Friends and family were invited into the home to enjoy a “Sports Day” on Friday 14 March. Staff from the local Summerfields Leisure Centre gave a talk on fitness followed by a demonstration of the game of Boccia, a game similar to bowls. The Leisure Centre kindly donated table tennis bats and balls to encourage residents in their new-found skills at Ping Pong! Various activities on the day included table tennis, skittles, hoopla and basketball.
During the rest of the wellbeing month, residents at the home in Boscobel Road enjoyed Armchair Dancing and Tai Chi for those less mobile, and residents played Wii bowls and tennis. Residents and staff also makes at Bethune Court and spoke about the benefits of eating five portions of fruit and veg a day.
Bethune Court Manager Vickie Willard said: “All our meals are made from fresh, seasonal ingredients so we ensure the residents have healthy nutritious meals.
“Eating healthy and gentle exercise means that older people can maintain mobility and boost their physical and mental wellbeing. This means they can continue to get the most out of life.
“Anchor’s Community Wellbeing Day is a great way to launch our spring programme of events which include an outing to Rye Heritage Centre, an art class, an evening with Fairlight Village Choir, visits from mobile clothes and shoe stores and of course Easter Festivities
Resident Olive Goodman, 93, a keen table tennis player, said that she really enjoyed the day because she knew how important it was to keep healthy.
She said: “It was good to learn about keeping healthy but doing it in a fun way. It was enjoyable as friends and staff took part in the activities