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Frequently Asked Questions

Are CHEGS courses only for older people?

Our Nutrition and Weight Management course is suitable for all adults. Although the exercise programs were developed as part of a Falls Prevention Project for older Australians, the classes are popular with people of all ages, who wish to exercise at a gentle or moderate intensity. Our Qigong/Tai Chi and Yoga classes have a wide appeal and we are currently developing a Qigong/Tai Chi course for adolescents, that could be incorporated into school health and development programs.

Does CHEGS run courses in my area?

CHEGS employs 23 Fitness Instructors and runs exercise, Qigong/Tai Chi and Yoga classes in 15 centres on the North Coast. CHEGS programs are self- funding and require minimum numbers to run, so advance booking is essential.

How do I contact CHEGS?

You may phone or email the Co-ordinator who is situated in Lismore.

I have always wanted to do Tai Chi but have heard that it takes a long time, and is difficult to learn. How manageable is it?

Our beginner’s course runs for 10 weeks and in that time you will learn the basic principles of Tai Chi and commence a yang or sun style form. Learning Tai Chi is a wonderful journey and you will have taken the first few steps with this beginner’s course. We have follow-on courses, so the journey can be as long or short as you wish.  With extensive training, CHEGS Instructors have incorporated more Qigong practice into their classes.

Are CHEGS courses affordable?

CHEGS is a non-profit organization, and while we employ fully accredited and insured Instructors, we keep our fees to a minimum. As a general rule, our courses are less expensive than an equivalent course offered elsewhere. We are able to achieve this with some help from the community. Community Health, Registered Clubs and some Church groups provide us with rental free venues. Others offer us venues at a reduced rental rate. A wonderful example of the help we receive from the community is a class we run in Casino. The Casino Uniting Church sponsors a class by providing the venue and funding the Instructor’s salary for that class, which is offered free to the community.

How are CHEGS courses different from those offered by others?

Our priority is your good health. Other than the very obvious financial difference, CHEGS employs accredited and insured Instructors who are provided with quality ongoing training. CHEGS Co-ordinator is employed by the Health Promotion, Northern NSW Local Health District and all CHEGS programs are backed by current research and information available to Health Professionals.

How are CHEGS Instructors employed?

CHEGS Instructors are employed on a casual per workshop basis in their local area. They are a dedicated group and are often very involved in their communities. To become Fitness Instructors they have to have completed an accredited Certificate 111 in Fitness and participate in extensive ongoing training.

How could I become involved with CHEGS?

CHEGS is an incorporated community organisation that is administered by a Management Committee. This committee comprises community members, health professionals and an employee representative. The committee meets three times per year in Lismore and welcomes interested people to apply for any vacancies by contacting the Co-ordinator. If you are a trained Fitness Instructor or are thinking of becoming one, there may be opportunities for you to join the CHEGS network.

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