Boosting self-esteem and getting people moving are just two goals behind a new program set to take over Launceston later this month.
From August 27, the Get Active Program will be rolled out at the Northern Suburbs Community Centre.
A statewide initiative promoting physical activity, GAP is aimed at helping people overcome the barriers preventing them from getting healthier.
Starting August 27, the program will run over 10 weeks, incorporating a series a two-hour workshops.
GAP facilitator Alison Hugo said creating a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for people to exercise was very important.
"Sometimes exercise programs can be expensive, but also people might be put-off by body image and things like that," she said.
"Having somewhere you can come and feel welcome, where it's quite casual and a much more relaxed environment is important.
"There is also the initial exposure to exercise, that can help people feel really positive about themselves. It's quite empowering to be in such a supportive group."
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Each session will be split evenly between an hour of discussion, followed by an hour of physical activity.
With activities ranging from walking, Pilates and Tai Chi, and topics such as stress management, self-esteem and nutrition, NSCC manager Denise Delphin said the program would cater for people of all ages, and all abilities.
"We want everyone who wants to be involved, to get involved," she said.
"I think that's what makes this so good - it's locally based and people can access it quite easily.
"If you don't have transport, that can be a challenge sometimes.
"So having healthy opportunities for exercise and getting fit, in your space and place, is a really good thing."
For more information or to register, call the NSCC on 63 265 506, or Gap facilitator Alison Hugo on 0448 384 681. Entry is by a gold coin donation, with a maximum of 13 people per session.
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