7 March 2017

On Tuesday 14 March more than 80 Northern Beaches seniors will celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the local Cheerful Healthy Eating for Elderly Residents and Seniors (CHEERS) program at Long Reef Golf Club.

For twelve years CHEERS’ senior foodies have been looking forward to sampling healthy fare at a variety of local restaurants and building their social networks and friendships all while having fun.


​"At the first lunch in 2005 we had just 20 seniors tucking into barramundi fillets in white wine and garlic sauce, and grain fed scotch fillet with red pesto," recalls Jan Gray, Administration Officer with Northern Sydney Local Health District’s (NSLHD), Health Promotion Unit.

"I’m sure we’ve had that a few times over the years, but what has always been on the menu is healthy friendship and fun. That’s what has kept the program going strong for so long."

CHEERS was originally established by Health Promotion (NSLHD) and Council as a way to give older residents the opportunity to come together, at supporting local cafés and restaurants, to build on social networks, experience new foods and gain knowledge on healthy eating.

These days CHEERS volunteers, with help from Jan, coordinate the program and keep local seniors coming back for more.

For more information on CHEERS lunches contact Jan Gray 9976 9531 or jan.gray@health.nsw.gov.au


This is a Northern Beaches Senior’s Week Program Event

A photo opportunity is available between 12.30-1pm with CHEERS members and Michael Regan (former Mayor of Warringah) at Long Reef Golf Club, Anzac Ave, Collaroy.