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Welcome to Get Moving Greater Bendigo, an online version of our usual program.

This newsletter is for older adults in our community and is full of activities and information designed to support you to stay active and healthy whilst you are at home, and as we start to transition back to organised exercise programs.

Get Moving is an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo and a range of other Government agencies.

Staying active is easier with a friend, so please forward this email to your friends and encourage them to also subscribe.

If you know of other activities in the community for older adults please email so we can include them in our next newsletter.
It's time to Get connected, Get motivated and Get Moving together again
Join the City of Greater Bendigo's Active Ageing Officer, Michelle McAuley on Thursday mornings for a walk around the Kangaroo Flat, Gateway Park walking track.

Meeting Point - Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre front car park
Time - 11am
Commencing weekly from -  Thursday 11 June 2020
Cost - Free
Bookings essential to keep groups to 20 participants.
Email Michelle on
With your name, contact phone number, day of walking group

*Strict hygiene & social distancing practices apply*

If you have concerns around participating in outdoor exercise please refer to the guidelines set out on the DHHS website:

Safe exercise at home 
Information on physical activity and exercise for older people
“Leading physiotherapists concerned that the ‘stay at home’ restrictions could exacerbate falls and poor physical function in older people have developed a new website to support older Australians to stay active – safely – at home.
The Safe Exercise at Home website ( provides a wealth of information for older people on ways to stay active at three levels of function and fitness.
Visit the website to find Australian guidelines for physical activity, tips to keep you motivated, exercise sheets and videos.
Click here - To find exercise sheets that are the right level for you.
National Seniors Australia has fantastic resources and tips around healthy lifestyles for older adults. To view this information click on the links below:
Click here -To tune in to National Seniors' weekly podcast to hear the latest on all the key issues that matter to you most.
Bendigo Health - Fitness for Older Adults Program (FOAP) delivers physical activity groups for older adults locally in Bendigo and to regional towns.  To ensure continued access to group exercise opportunities, FOAP virtual exercise classes have been arranged to help keep our community active and healthy. 
Bendigo Health - Fitness for Older Adults Program (FOAP)
Low - Medium Intensity Chair Based Exercises
Bendigo Health - Fitness for Older Adults (FOAP)
Medium - High Intensity Exercise Class
Click here - For links to more online classes for you to enjoy.
Click here - For links to Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre Facebook page for online classes.
Did you know that the Kangaroo Flat outdoor exercise equipment located at Browning Street Oval is now re-opened to the public?.
Why not get down there and give it a go.
*Remember exercise to your own capacity and practice safe hygiene and social distancing at all times*
Libraries Return to Service
From Monday 1 June, return chutes will be open and a limited 'Click and Collect' service will be available. A number of our agency libraries will be re-open.

From Tuesday 9 June, all our library branches will be re-open to allow the legal maximum of 20 people in the library at any one time (where the space allows for this number while safely distancing). Visits will be capped at 30 minutes to give as many people as possible the ability to access the library. PC’s and wifi will be available for use. There will be no face to face events, including story times for now, or newspapers – these will continue online.

For a detailed list of services available, how we are making our libraries COVID-safe and what we ask of you, please visit our website.

To get in touch with your local librarian you can email them and if you'd prefer to chat by phone, email your name and phone number and they'll call you back.
They can also help out with book/ audiobook suggestions, troubleshoot the eLibrary or help you use your smart device. If there’s anything else you need help with, please reach out, they’d love to hear from you.
Click here - For more information on Goldfields Library services
Victorian Seniors Festival - Reimagined 2020

This year the Festival comes direct to your home through online performances, zoom interviews and storytelling, with three new broadcasts a week.

2020 is the Festival's 38th year and they invite you to get in the groove with performances from many of your favourites and some new performers for you to enjoy.

Working to social distancing rules, hosts Tristan and Bec meet the performers from the comfort of their own homes using technology in ways we never knew possible.
Something to make you smile - Ageless Friendships Singalong courtesy of the ABC

Bessie Davidson walk through
FRIDAY 20 MAR 2020 - SUNDAY 21 JUN 2020

Bendigo Art Gallery invites you to view Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde in the comfort of your own home. 
This exhibition brings together more 50 works that highlight Davidson’s ‘modern French impressionist’ style of painting – with light filled domestic interiors, landscapes and portraits of women.  In addition, the gallery has invited Sally Smart to create a new body of work responding to and developing upon the cultural legacy of Davidson as a pioneering female South Australian artist – firmly placing the work of this ground-breaking artist back into the story of Australian art history.
You can view the exhibitions online by clicking the link below:
Video Walk through of Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart exhibition 
How are you staying active?
Our Active Ageing Project Officer Michelle McAuley has been keeping active and busy in the garden during the COVID-19 social isolation.
We would love to hear from you about how you are staying active.If you have any photo’s or stories about getting active that you would like to share with others in our next newsletter, please email them to Michelle McAuley.
The Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative has introduced the Cook & Connect series – a different way to ‘share’ food and connect with each other during these times.

By ‘sharing’ we mean sharing healthy recipes, tips, ideas and cooking results online!
As part of the series you’ll find simple and healthy recipes that can be cooked by just about anyone using minimal ingredients and pantry staples.
As well as recipes, we’ll also be showing you photos of the ‘real’ finished product (no fancy food styling here!), as cooked by members of our team and communities. We’ll also include their feedback and tips to make it even simpler.
All recipes shared are from respected health-focused organisations including the Heart Foundation, Live Lighter, Better Health Channel and Nutrition Australia.
We’d love to know if you give one of the recipes we’ve shared a try.
So please follow Healthy Heart of Victoria on Facebook and join us to Cook & Connect!
Healthy Salmon Patties Recipe
  • 400 g can no-added-salt pink salmon, drained
  • 300 g sweet potato
  • 3 spring onions (including green tops)
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices sundried tomato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs parsley, dried
  • 3 tsp lemon rind
  • 1 tsp dill, dried
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • pepper
  • 2 tsp canola oil

1. Peel and dice sweet potato, place in a saucepan with water and cook until soft.

2. Grate cheese, dice spring onion, sundried tomatoes and capsicum.

3. Drain potatoes and mash until smooth

4. In a large bowl combine salmon, sweet potato, spring onion, sundried tomatoes, capsicum, egg, cheese, lemon rind, parsley, dill and pepper

5. Form 10 even patties and roll in crumbs, coat well. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill

6. In a fry pan heat canola oil and pan fry each patty until golden brown on both sides and cooked through

7. Serve two patties per person

Recipe from More Deadly Tucker cookbook (2013), North Metropolitan Health Service © State of Western Australia, reproduced with permission. Order the More Deadly Tucker cookbook here.

Click here - To find out about the initiatives of Health Heart Victoria
Keeping the mind Active
Sudoku puzzles
Click here - For a link to puzzles and more in The Senior online Enewsletter
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