PDH Ambulatory Rehabilitation Group

Susan Marshall
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Susan Marshall has regained her passion for exercise – and for life in general – after becoming involved in Portland District Health’s ambulatory rehabilitation group.

In the first 12 weeks after she started the program, Mrs Marshall had lost 12.8kgs and taken about 10cm off her waist and hips.

And just as importantly she’s feeling better and highly motivated to keep going.

Mrs Marshall had gained weight after suffering from excess fluid on her knee. The problem returned after she underwent a knee replacement 18 months ago.

When my knee went I fell to pieces and lost my get up and go, the 63-year-old said. The girls who run the group got it back for me.

Susan was referred to Active Health Portland as part of an Enhanced Primary Care Plan/Chronic Disease Management (EPC) plan for exercise physiology for weight management.

Exercise physiologist Shae Johnson assessed Mrs Marshall as eligible for the community-based rehabilitation group for anyone with a chronic issue.

Mrs Marshall weighed 94.4kgs, which she admits was too much for her frame. My body just couldn't cope with it, she said. She has a long-term goal of returning to 70kgs but has already met and exceeded her first goal of losing 5kgs for her son's wedding. I'd lost 9kgs and I felt really good about it, she said.

Her transformation was started by the team running the group, encouraged by her fellow group members, and is now motivated by her own drive.

Mrs Marshall walks every morning and has a stepper, fit ball and flexible bands at home to help her exercise routine. When she started she could barely walk for 15 minutes; now she's pounding the streets for two hours.

I've taken three bags of clothes to the op shop. I was a 20, now I'm an 18, she said.

Mrs Marshall has been very proactive which has helped with her transformation and new outlook on life. She has worked with Ms Johnson, allied health assistant Tanya Sandow, dietitian Melissa Yip and podiatrist Nikki Edwards.

For more details about the eight-week group program contact PDH Health Services Centre on 5521 0653.

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