The Charity Action Group at Phyllis Court Members Club held a Healthy Living Event last week which was enjoyed by over 40 members and their guests.
The morning event included presentations by Dr Tess Harris, a GP and Reader in Primary Care at St George’s University London, Chris Dyer a personal trainer, Jenny Phillips a Clinical Nutritionist and author of ‘Eat to OUTSMART Cancer’, Jo Pereira a local Physiotherapist and Pilates teacher, Hendriette Knouwds from Get Oxfordshire Active and Jan Badji a Tai Chi instructor.
The event opened with Dr Harris talking about how walking regularly can add years to your life… and life to years. Chris Dyer then did a brilliant demo of daily exercises you can do at home. After coffee Jenny Phillips answered the question Does a little of what you fancy do you good? And talking about the right balance of real roods. Jo Pereira then did a pilates demo and this was followed by Hendriette Knowds talking to the audience about the Go Active programme and activities available. The event finished with a great demo of Tai Chi by Jan Badji.
The event was raising money for Sue Ryder, Nomad Youth and Community Project and Henley First Responders.
Diana Pearman, Chair of the Charity Action Group said, “This is the first time we have organised this type of more formal, conference event. It was intended to be informative, in order to raise awareness of the health needs of older people and to provide some additional ideas of how to mitigate the inevitable effects. At the end of the morning when members left, they were fulsome in their praise using words like ‘amazing’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘thought provoking’. For me it summed up the challenge – Growing older is inevitable. Living old is optional……. and it raised over £400 for the charities. “