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Walking to work - just one of hundreds of ways to be more active this April

Get active this April

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Warrnambool City Council is encouraging residents to take up a healthy habit this month as part of the Premier’s Active April program, which encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day for 30 days.

To help get the ball rolling, Council is providing residents with a free swim and fitness class at Aquazone.

Youngsters can enjoy a complimentary session at Springers Gymnastics or explore the wonders of Flagstaff Hill with free children’s entry to the village and museum (when accompanied by a paying adult).

A 2013 Warrnambool City Council survey showed that the number one thing residents wanted to change to improve their health was to exercise more.

And it seems that they might be doing it.

The latest Victorian Population Health Survey shows that two thirds of the adults living in Warrnambool (65.7 per cent) were active enough to meet the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines.

That is an increase of more than seven percent on the last survey in 2008.

To help Warrnambool people be more active, Warrnambool City Council has revamped its Eat Well Be Active website to help all residents live more active lives and make healthier food choices.

The website has been revamped in time for Active April when Council facilities such as AquaZone, Archie Graham Community Centre, Flagstaff Hill, ARC Stadium and Springers Gymnastics will be offering free events and activities for residents.

Warrnambool Mayor Michael Neoh said that easy access to sport and recreation facilities, parks, footpaths and cycling trails helps people increase the physical activity in their day.

“The new look website is a great resource for people wanting to get active this autumn,” Cr Neoh said.

“Council provides excellent walking, cycling and recreational opportunities and now information about these is all in one place.

“With cycling and walking maps, information about social walking and cycling groups and heaps of upcoming events, there are dozens of ways to be more active that don’t cost a thing.

“Something as simple as a regular 15 minute walk before breakfast, a hit of tennis or riding your bike to school or work can make a big difference to your health."

Australia's physical activity guidelines encourage adults to be active on most, preferably all, days with a total of at least two and a half hours of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week.

Physical activity does not just mean formal sport or exercise.

Activities like walking or cycling for transport and recreation such as gardening, surfing, social tennis or dancing all offer important benefits for physical and mental health.

For more information and a full listing of Active April events go to www.eatwellbeactive.org.au
 

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