Green Goddess Diana Moran has told how exercise helped her combat osteoporosis as she backed a new campaign promoting the benefits of regular physical activity for older Surrey residents.
The fitness guru from 1980s breakfast TV, who lives in Surrey and is now in her eighties herself, is supporting an initiative launching today, on International Day for Older Persons, which is asking older residents to think again about their relationship with exercise – in all its many forms.
It’s being run by Active Surrey, the county sports partnership set up by Sport England and local partners including the county council.
Active Surrey is running Otago strength and balance classes, clinically proven to reduce falls. The programme lets older people maintain their independence and for some of those who’ve already had a fall, end their reliance on walking sticks or mobility scooters.
Diana speaks from experience and promotes a healthy lifestyle. She said: “Exercising as we age is vital if we’re to carry on enjoying ourselves. It’s all too easy to avoid the effort, particularly as it can seem we’re racking up a new ache or health problem every year.
“Speaking for myself, staying active has helped me combat osteoporosis and recover from cancer over the years. Anything we can do will help and it is never too late to make a start.”
Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Even in later life, staying active can pay dividends, helping to keep us fit, healthy and independent for longer. With so much available in Surrey on our doorstep, including classes and activities, not to mention the great outdoors, there are many ways to fit keeping active into our everyday lives.”
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