Join Cobaw in getting active this April

Family cycling and walking dog

Cobaw Community Health is encouraging schools within the Macedon Ranges Shire to join them in signing up to Premier’s Active April this year. Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, fun and part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

According to the 2015 Victorian Population Health Survey, only 34.7 per cent of Macedon Ranges Shire residents participated in physical activity on four or more days of the week, compared with the Victorian average of 41.3 per cent. Engaging in regular physical activity has important benefits for both mental and physical health. Physical activity reduces the risk of many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal problems, some cancers and unhealthy weight gain.

Participation in Premier’s Active April has been made easy for schools with the free downloadable mobile app which tracks activity. To participate as a school, a teacher can sign up to Premier’s Active April via the website www.activeapril.vic.gov.au or mobile app and register their school and students. Alternatively students can sign up themselves and join the school team. By signing up to the month long challenge, the school and students automatically receive a range of prizes and go in the draw to win even more.

Developing a regular pattern of physical activity for children and adolescents can help establish lifelong enjoyment and an appreciation of the benefits of physical activity.

“Supporting schools within the Shire to sign up and participate in Premier’s Active April is one strategy we are implementing to help improve the health and wellbeing of our local community. Cobaw participated as a workplace last year and are signed up again, encouraging our own staff to take the time to be active,” said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO.

For further information, please contact Bec Huddy, Health Promotion Coordinator on 1300 0 26229 or admin@cobaw.org.au