Go GERO: Geraldton Helps their Own

The Geraldton Heights Estate Team are proud of Geraldton and all it has to offer. One of the reasons they are proud is that Geraldton people are among the most generous and caring in the world. A great example of this is Go GERO.

Go GERO is an organisation that aims to help members of the Geraldton community by encouraging access to nutritious and affordable food on a daily basis and by promoting an active lifestyle. Go GERO accomplishes this by supporting agencies and individuals who provide help to the community.

Go GERO supports health and fitness programs that cover a wide range of fitness and health levels and aspires to provide programs for everyone. Here are a few of their programs.

Geraldton Property Team About Go GERO

Heart Foundation Walking

Geraldton is a perfect place for walking due to its natural beauty and abundance of beaches and parks. Walking is probably the easiest way to maintain or improve one’s health for it takes no equipment and can be easily adjusted to one’s level of fitness. As little as 30 minutes of walking a day, even just around your property, can strengthen bones and muscles, reduce body fat, increase cardiovascular fitness and boost endurance.

Walking can be done alone by simply walking out the door, walking in one direction, turning around and walking back home. However, walking in a group is safer and a lot more enjoyable for many. It provides fellowship and friendship and it is a great way for newcomers to meet people with common interests.

Heartmoves

For those who prefer a bit more activity, Heartmoves is a perfect step up from walking. It is a gentle program designed to provide the benefits of exercise to those with stable, long-term health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and obesity.

Heart Foundation Heartmoves serves as a link between the health industry and the exercise industry to help those with chronic conditions to remain active and vital, into their golden years.

Heartmoves is becoming popular and their website currently says they are looking for exercise professionals who would like to become trainers on the Heartmoves staff.

Go GERO! Champions

Go GERO Champions represent GERO to the Geraldton community. They advocate improved health, promote a healthy lifestyle for Geraldton residents, support programs and events in the community and serve as role models.

Go GERO Champions are provided with training in healthy lifestyle programs, media training, community advocacy and public relations. Go GERO is currently accepting applications from anyone who would like to become a Go GERO Champion.

Healthy Communities Sponsorships

Phase 2 of Geraldton’s Healthy Communities Initiative is offering sponsorships worth as much as $5,000 to Geraldton events, programs and businesses that demonstrate service and commitment to helping Go GERO accomplish its mission: “Getting active and eating well made easy”.

To be eligible for sponsorship, applicants need to fulfil certain criteria, for example, show evidence of some preferred skills, accomplishments and track records. These may involve:

Establish an association with a Go GERO target group, such as the culturally diverse, low socio-economic or those at risk of what are called, “chronic and lifestyle diseases”.

Illustrate how their activity will increase healthy eating and/or physical activity in their community.

Present a complete, realistic and balanced budget including contributions to the project from within their organisation.

Define metrics for measuring progress or success of their program and explain how the project will continue after funding has ceased.

Fruit and Veg Van

The first run was Monday, 27 August, with Foodbank Geraldton and Go GERO providing fresh produce at reasonable prices to various local areas in the fruit and veg van. To buy from the van, one needs a Pension Card or a Health Care Card.

Community Gardens

Go GERO intends to see at least three community gardens in the Greater Geraldton area. Those who are awarded the Go GERO seal of approval will receive marketing and recruitment support, application support for external funding, program delivery opportunities, evaluation tools and reporting templates.

The intention of Go GERO community gardens are multifold: sustainable social health and environmental outcomes, improved safety and social connectivity, greater access to healthy eating and exercise, lower rates of chronic disease within crucial suburbs, respect for the culture, land and what is referred to as “knowledge of the land”. Go GERO also aims to create a welcoming, safe environment for all who participate.

Go GERO is another example of how the residents and property owners of Geraldton still embody small town ethics, even though they are becoming a hub in the resources industry. Geraldton provides a rural lifestyle, but with the amenities of a larger city.

Call (08) 9965 7600 today for more information about Geraldton Heights Estate. Take a look at the real estate and find out how great the people of Geraldton are for yourself. You might never go back home.

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