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Screen_Shot_2015-01-06_at_8.15.34_PMA group of students from Gateway College who are majoring in physical therapy are providing much needed and welcome exercising sessions to the golden citizens of our community. The group has joined hands with PeaceWork International and been engaging residents in health, therapy, education and much more as part of their community service programs in Wisconsin. We spoke with physical Therapist instructor Tracy Gattz who shared with us their experiences so far.


Tracey Gatts – Phyrical Therapist Instructor


“So they are college students from Wisconsin and they are going to service project, the students are graduating in May, three Therapist Assistant and they are coming to practice their skills and teach the community on how the importance of exercise and if they have injuries to help heal their injuries the same we would with our patience back home.”


Maria Nolveo – Reporter

 

“Particularly you are targeting the elder persons?”


Tracey Gatts – Phyrical Therapist Instructor


“Yes, so we will be working with Helpage and we have gone out to people’s homes to help their families who are taking care of them and the elder personas well to help them get stronger so that they are able to do more for themselves or for their families so that they are able to help them without hurting themselves.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Is this your first trip here and how did you guys find out about Belize?”


Tracey Gatts – Phyrical Therapist Instructor


“This is my group first turn here but some of the other groups that are with us from the same college that have come before and we work with Peacework who has organized it with Orange Walk.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How many you guys are participating?”


Tracey Gatts – Phyrical Therapist Instructor


“There are four physical therapist students but over all there are 26 students from our college.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“What’s been the experience live for you and what are the needs better seen from the elder persons in our community?”


Tracey Gatts – Phyrical Therapist Instructor


“It has been a great experience and everybody have felt very welcome and nice and they have been very helpful to us and learn so much about your community and a lot of thing about health care as well and the thing that we have been really seeing Is just really important to exercise and it helps to decrease the chance of diabetes and to improve their heart health and not have high hypertension so it is very important for everybody to keep exercising and us their muscles as much as they can to better able to do as much as they can for themselves as they get older.”


The group is comprised of 26 members and are scheduled to depart Belize on January 11th.

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