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Physical Activity & Nutrition Study for Seniors Report released

The Curtin University research team have released their latest findings for the Retirement Village Physical Activity and Nutition Program for Seniors (RVPANS). 38 retirement villages participates and 280 residents completed the program.


Health behaviours of participants before the program

Before participants commenced the program, information on physical activity and nutrition behaviours were collected.


Participants on average were:

  • Doing 134.49 minutes of moderate* physical activity per week
  • Walking 227.87 minutes per week.
  • Sitting 2412.27 minutes a week (or almost 6hrs/day). 


There were only a small number of participants who were doing at least 10 minutes of vigorous* physical activity (20 people), or at least 10 minutes of strength activity (36 people) per week.


There were 188 (67%) participants who were eating at least 2 serves of fruit on most days of the week. There were 249 (89%) participants who were eating at least 2 serves of vegetables on most days of the week. 


Health behaviours of participants at program end

At the end of the 6-month program, information on physical activity and nutrition behaviours were collected from Group 1 (those who completed the program) and Group 2 (those who did not participate in program) and these results were compared.


Feedback from participants indicated that the program was well liked and informative. Some participants are still undertaking the program. We encourage all participants to continue with the program. 


If interested you can download a copy of the report newsletter here.

Expo reveals ways to stay fit and fabulous in retirement.

They say life is what you make of it and for those of us who are no longer in our prime, experts all agree that keeping mentally and physically active is one of the best ways to get the most out of life in retirement.


That’s why Arcadia Waters retirement village in Maddington threw open its doors to the public and invited the local community to visit their Wellness Expo.  Staged in the magnificent residents’ clubhouse, the exhibitors included all sorts of health advisors who were on-hand to answer questions and offer advice.


With over 130 visitors and a good turn-out of residents, there were plenty of takers. A lot of people took the opportunity to have a free hearing or blood pressure test and to have a chat with Dr Ryan East from Maddington Physiotherapy Centre about their various aches and pains.


Others were keen to hear what registered professional hypnotherapist, John Vernes, from Linear Health had to say about how hypnosis can help with things like pain management, getting a better night’s sleep, losing weight and of course, quitting smoking.


If that wasn’t enough, there were all kinds of mind-stimulating hobbies and pastimes to explore. ‘Garden Guru’ Neville Passmore was there talking about growing healthy and nutritious herbs and vegetables in the back-yard or even a pot on the patio or balcony. On a similar green-fingered theme, people could even find out about growing Bonsai or hydroponic plants.


Arcadia Group General Manager, Angus Kukura said that keeping mentally and physically fit was all part of the Arcadia DNA and something that is strongly encouraged amongst the village residents. “I don’t think you’ll find a happier or healthier bunch of people anywhere. We work closely with the residents to provide all sorts of exercise and social activities. We’ve just completed a brand new gym here at the village and residents can enjoy lots of other healthy pursuits like water aerobics in the heated pool and woodwork in the well-equipped and popular men’s shed.”


If there was one thing that could be learned from attending this kind of Wellness Expo it was that we’re all going to have some limitations as we go through life. But just because you’re close to or have reached retirement, doesn’t mean you can’t live a vibrant, long and happy life.


The key is making the choice to live that kind of life.