Recognition for Southern Trust ‘Chi-Me’ Trainers

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Friday, February 12th, 2016
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A group of 24 people including Southern Trust staff, voluntary sector staff and volunteers were recently trained in Chi Me, achieving Open College Network level two accreditation.
Newly accredited Southern Trust Chi Me Trainers with Karen Casey from LifeDock, Kieran Donaghy, Deputy Chief Executive and Lynne Smart, Acting head of Health & Improvement for the Southern Trust

Newly accredited Southern Trust Chi Me Trainers with Karen Casey from LifeDock, Kieran Donaghy, Deputy Chief Executive and Lynne Smart, Acting head of Health & Improvement for the Southern Trust

Chi Me is a physical activity, adapted from Tai Chi moves to make exercise accessible for people with sedentary lifestyles and health needs. The training was delivered by ‘LifeDock’ over two days and funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to support people to be more active. Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with the PHA for the southern area said, “Establishing new ways to encourage people to become more active is greatly welcomed as it reaches out to new audiences and makes physical activity opportunities more accessible, including those people with certain health conditions or disabilities who can find being active difficult. Gerry added, “Chi Me is a great way to become active and the benefit of having the newly-trained Chi Me trainers will certainly make a difference in our community to those who need it most.” Karen Case, LifeDock Instructor said, “There are many reported benefits of Chi Me including improving muscular strength, balance, co-ordination, pain management and supporting relaxation. The participants trained have now developed the skills necessary to offer Chi Me exercises to people under their care.” Anne Marie Campbell, a Physiotherapist in the Southern Trust said, “This training will be of great benefit to our respiratory patients as we plan to incorporate the Chi Me moves into our rehabilitation programmes for patients.” To find out more about Chi Me training courses offered through the Southern Trust’s Promoting Wellbeing Department contact Mairead Casey on Tel: 028 3741 2406 or email mairead.casey@southerntrust.hscni.net

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