Getting Active

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We aim to identify opportunities and create supportive environments for communities to increase active living behaviours.

We are working on a number of initiatives that support active living. We encourage you to get involved and become a health advocate where you live, work, learn and play.

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Premier’s Active April
If you’ve been thinking lately about getting more active, now is the perfect opportunity. Active Alpine, a group with representation from Alpine Health, Sport North East, Alpine Shire Council and Gateway Health are supporting everyone in the Alpine Shire to get more active, more often. The first common action for the group is to encourage community members to get involved in Premier’s Active April. This campaign is free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to getting more people active and healthy. A calendar of physical activities has been created and can be accessed via organisation Facebook pages and websites. Also, keep an ear out for local legends sharing their stories on Alpine Radio on Kenny’s Neighbourhood News segment on Tuesday afternoons throughout the month about what motivated them to become and stay active.

Select here to view the Premier's Active April calendar of activities that are being held in the Alpine Shire.

Active April participants can log daily activity and track their progress throughout the month using a mobile app developed for iOS and Android phones. Plus participants can create and join teams, compare the progress of team members and win awesome prizes!

Just by registering every Alpine Shire participant gets 10 free passes at the Bright Sports Centre along with: 

•30% discount at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne
•a 2 for 1 ticket offer to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
•15% off at Sportsmart in-store and online
•discounted experiences at participating Parks Victoria locations

There are more offers on top of this list and there are also a range of benefits, prizes and resources for participating schools and workplaces. The Alpine Shire communities are in this together and there are plenty of free and low cost activities on offer to get active together, take this opportunity way to kick start a healthier you!
Register today at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au

Local legends
Local legends sharing are their stories on Alpine Radio on Kenny’s Neighbourhood News segment on Tuesday afternoons throughout the month about what motivated them to become and stay active.
Listen to the recordings here if you missed them!

Select here to listen to Katie Murray's radio interview

Select here to listen to Charlotte Jordan's radio interview

Select here to listen to Carol Styles radio interview

Select here to listen to Neville Brighton's radio interview

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Active Alpine is a group of organisations with representation from Gateway Health, Alpine Health, Alpine Shire Council and Sport North East. The group aims to increase and promote opportunities to be active in the Alpine Shire and in turn promote health and wellbeing, social connection and a healthy, thriving community. Our plan is to:

  • Promote existing events, free, family-oriented activities and facilities
  • Support development of a physical activity policy/strategy
  • Support walking and cycling path connections/improvements
  • Map existing informal recreation opportunities and multiple-use sporting facilities
  • Support sports clubs and workplaces to build healthy environments
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 Alpine Active Living Mapping Project

Gateway Health, Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health delivered the Alpine Active Living Mapping Project as a partnership/ The project focus was to find out what opportunities exist to support the population to be physically active in the Alpine Shire.

The project objectives were to specifically identify:

• how active the population reported to be,
• existing active living services, activities and opportunities, facilities and parks,
• how connected physical activity opportunities are (e.g., walking/cycling paths etc.).

Developing this understanding helped to inform recommendations for increasing active living and in turn, improving the health and wellbeing of the Alpine Shire population.

The target groups identified from the project findings:

1. vulnerable groups (those who do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines, are not socially connected and are financially challenged
2. older people (65 years and older)

A Partnership Group, with representatives from the Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Health, Gateway Health and Sport North East has been established to deliver the recommendations that came out of the project which include:

• Physical Activity policy development
• Walking and cycling path improvements
• Free and family-oriented activity promotion and development (e.g., parkrun)
• Promotion and education of existing events and facilities
• Support for informal recreation opportunities and multiple-use sporting facilities
• Support for building healthy environments in sports clubs and workplaces

Select here to view the Alpine Active Living Project findings

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Select here to view the summary version of the Alpine Acitve Living Project findings

 

Physical Activity Participation in Regional Areas of Australia
To support the Hume region population to become more physically active, ‘active living’ has been introduced as a health priority area for the health promotion team. As a starting point, a literature review has been conducted by Felicity Kennedy in the Health Promotion team to identify the barriers and opportunities to physical activity regionally and to help inform the future public health and wellbeing plans. Despite the well-known benefits, physical inactivity is a global problem and is a clear contributor to chronic disease. Australians living in regional areas are not meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines and experience poorer health than those in metropolitan areas. Using a systematic method, current international and national literature in this area was reviewed highlighting evidence that: socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in regional areas experience limited transport opportunities which influences their low participation rates, there is a unique rural culture around physical activity participation, regional environmental infrastructure plays a role in influencing physical activity levels and social connections are an important aspect of keeping regional people physically active. Based on the findings of this review, a number of recommendations are provided regarding policy, physical activity initiatives and future research. Select here to read the full literature review.

 

North East Women Get Active, brought to you by Gateway Health

North East Women Get Active

More than half (54%) of all Victorians are not meeting the Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, this statistic is made up of 56% women and 52% of men. This means that Victorians are not achieving the recommended minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. There is a direct and positive link between undertaking physical activity and benefits to health and wellbeing.
Similarly, a large percentage of the Hume region population is not physically active. Specifically, 43% are not meeting the guidelines.

The ‘North East Women Get Active’ campaign took a focus on encouraging women to participate in sport and physical activity. The media campaign includes featured four articles on women who have overcome barriers to participate in physical activity, are local sporting champions or who participate in sports that aren’t the ‘norm’.

The campaign has been developed to encourage women from the Rural City of Wangaratta, of all ages, and backgrounds, to participate in physical activity and to promote a culture shift towards women in sport.

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