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Healthy Communities - Active Living

What is active living?

Active living is a way of life that includes being active during your day. This can be achieved in many different ways. Being more active may be easier than you think. 

The Healthy Communities team works to improve active living in our region in these areas:

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Physical activity

Physical activity is when you move your body. This can be any movement that you do at home, work or school. Examples are when you walk, dance, run, play sport, exercise or do housework.

Increasing active travel

Active travel is about leaving the car at home when going to and from places we live, work and play. This can include walking, riding a bike or taking public transport. Being more active when travelling is great for our health and wellbeing, and helps improve the air we breathe.

Support active places

The places we live, work, learn and play can affect how active we are. Creating places where movement is encouraged leads to more healthy lifestyles and healthier people.

Why is Active Living important?

Active people are healthier people. Being active is great for our hearts, bodies and minds. Moving can improve our fitness and reduce the risk of illness, such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. Being active also protects and improves our mental wellbeing. That’s why the Healthy Communities team want to see more people moving!

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The Facts and Figures about Active Living

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Working with our community to increase active living

The Healthy Communities team work to support active lifestyles with projects aimed at all stages of life. These actions line up with the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing plan 2019-2023, and regional council plans. We are working to help young people, women and workers in the G21 regions be more active.

Keeping active during and after pregnancy

Keeping active during and after pregnancy has many benefits to physical and mental health.  We are joining forces with other teams in our health service that work with people who are pregnant or have given birth to share the health and wellbeing benefits of staying active during and after pregnancy.  We are promoting education programs and information to help people cope with the physical and mental health changes of pregnancy.

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Active Workplaces.

Creating healthy workplaces that promote active living for their staff is great for business and a thriving community.  We are working with local businesses to help them make changes that support the health and wellbeing of staff. Go to our Healthy Workplaces page to see more about the work we are doing to get local workers moving more.

Some of our key projects in the last year have included the Spring into Action initiative and Group Model Building with Cobram Estate Olives. Click the image to see a summary of what we learned in the summary report:

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Current Resources

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Last Modified: Thursday, 16 May 2024