Active Living can promote healthy growth and development and benefit the whole community by encouraging greater family and social connectedness. Being phsyically active has many benefits including; boosting your mood, reducing stress and improving sleep, whilst reducing the risk of chronic illnesses.
The South Coast Prevention Team work with partners across the sub-region to promote the benefits of physical living in workplaces, schools and early learning centres through the Physical Activity Benchmarks of the Achievement Program.
The Prevention Team were successful in their application for a $50,000 Health Promotion Innovation Grant. One of only four in the State, the 2 year funding is for a community-based social marketing project aimed at increasing active recreation for older adults 55+, utilising the local natural environment of the South Coast such as beaches, trails and parks. Newfound connections, both social and environmental, will motivate participants to maintain or increase their physical activity to support a healthy lifestyle and living independently for longer.
The project will be delivered in partnership with Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, GippSport and the YMCA
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey about their experience using the local natural environment for physical actvity. This valuable input will help guide us as we look towards co-designing this campaign.
Everyone who completed the survey went into a draw to win one of two fitbits.
We are excited to announce the winners of the fitbits were Diana from Korumburra South and Maria from Rhyll
Thank you to everyone who completed our Over 55s Getting Out and Active in our natural environment survey. We had over 400 responses which exceeded our expectations.
The survey gave our team wonderful insight and background knowledge to determine what and how participants are using our wonderful beaches, rail trails, footpaths and green hills to get out and active. Below is a brief snapshot of some of the key findings.
Over 55s Getting Out and Active Newsletter
Our over 55s Getting Out and Active newsletter will be send out quarterly, and provides you with project updates and tips on getting active in our natural environment.
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