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.

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

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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