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Active Geelong + Barwon Health Workshop Wrap

We recently presented a FREE workshop with Barwon Health on physical activity in workplaces and its benefits!

It was fantastic to have so many representatives attend, meaning businesses are placing more importance on improving the health of employees through the Barwon Health, Active Geelong and Cancer Council Vic Healthy Workplaces Achievement program.

Attendees took the opportunity to network, brainstorm, share stories, explore strategies & hear the successes & learnings from those currently working in the field including:

  1. Physical activity & its relevance to employee health.
  2. The role that physical activity has on the mental health of employees.
  3. The opportunities, simple strategies & services that workplaces have to improve the physical & mental health of employees.

Keynote speaker Dr Megan Teychenne, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University discussed the evidence linking physical activity, sedentary behaviour & mental health.

Active Geelong advocate & Barwon Health exercise physiologist, Kylie Milward also explored practical tips for reducing workplace sedentary time.

This workshop was essential for:
– Businesses of all sizes, employers, decision makers & employees in the G21 region
– People & Culture, HR, OH&S
– Employee health & well being representatives
– Corporate health providers

To be inspired and connected to the latest information about Active Geelong so you don’t miss out on these workshops, click here.

Active Geelong & Barwon Health FREE Workshop

Active Geelong and Barwon Health are proud to present a free workshop ‘Creating Thriving Workplaces Through Physical Activity’ November 19.

Overview

  • Hear from our keynote speaker Dr Megan Teychenne, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University, as she discusses the evidence linking physical activity, sedentary behaviour & mental health.
  • Explore practical tips for reducing workplace sedentary time from Kylie Milward, Active Geelong advocate & Barwon Health exercise physiologist .
  • Take the opportunity to network, brainstorm, share stories, explore strategies & hear the successes & learnings from those currently working in the field.

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Location:  Saint Mary’s Library & Research Centre, 190-192 Myers Street, Geelong.

Event time: 9.00AM-11.30AM

Register: Eventbrite

Aims

  1. Increase knowledge of physical activity & its relevance to employee health
  2. Explore the role that physical activity has on the mental health of employees.
  3. Highlight the opportunities, simple strategies & services that workplaces have to improve the physical & mental health of employees.
  4. Share experiences & strategies between local businesses

Who should attend?

This workshop is essential for:

  • Businesses of all sizes, employers, decision makers & employees in the G21 region
  • People & Culture, HR, OH&S
  • Employee health & well being representatives
  • Corporate health providers

Register: Eventbrite

Everybody, Everyday Heroes

As part of Active Geelong’s ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY’ movement to make Geelong the most active city in Australia, we want to spotlight the everyday heroes who are changing their lives for the better through physical activity.

It seems the Active Geelong EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY movement is gaining momentum.

Take Rose Roberts, for example – a Marketing and Communications Manager at Geelong-based West Carr & Harvey Accountants and Business Consultants.

“Ever since we got involved in Active Geelong, the thing we kept hearing about were these walking groups – and we thought, that sounds pretty cool,” Rose said.

“We recently moved offices to Federal Mills Park so we thought that would be a good opportunity for us to start up our own walking group,” she said.

“We thought this was be a good time because not only does it provide the opportunity to do more exercise, it would also give us a chance to get to know the people in the other businesses within the precinct.”

A key focus of the Active Geelong MOVEMENT movement is to help businesses around Geelong encourage their employees to find opportunities within their working day to become more active.

Recently, this has set off an explosion in walking groups around the city, such as the one Rose and her friends have started at Federal Mills Park.

“We call our group ‘Walking Wednesdays’,” Rose said.

“We meet at the same gate at the same time every Wednesday at midday – and we can get anywhere between 2 or 12 of us,” she said.

“We walk for roughly 30 minutes along Corio Bay, so it’s a beautiful walk and we have some really lovely conversation, so it’s been great.”

Rose epitomises the ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY’ Hero message, for she is not only staying active herself, but also helping others improve their lives by getting likeminded people involved.

“One of the guys who comes along with us regularly has on more than one occasion, said he feels like his afternoon is far more productive and he is able to be more creative simply because he’s had that 30 minutes exercise during his day,” Rose said.

“I just think that’s a great example of how that little bit of exercise can have a really big impact on your day.”

As Rose has proved, it doesn’t take much to get something with real impact off the ground. The genesis of this walking group was a simple email to work colleagues and other businesses around the area.

From there, Rose has set up a reoccurring Facebook event on the West Carr & Harvey Facebook page with all the details. You can find a link to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/974363782906378/

“If there is anybody out there who would like to join us – whether you are based at Fed Mills or if you just happen to be in the area at midday, you are more than welcome to contact me.”

Rose, in the middle of the above picture, can be contacted directly at rose@westcarrharvey.com.au or at West Carr & Harvey on (03) 5222 4522.

Workplace Movement Champions launched

Active Geelong launched the Workplace Movement Champions program at the Geelong Chamber of Commerce “After 5” event on October 17.

In partnership with Clever & Creative Geelong, Active Geelong invited members of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce to register and become part of the Movement Movement.

People spend so much of their lives at work. And only just over 50% of us meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. So, it makes sense for Active Geelong to support workplaces to inspire and engage their employees in physical activity.

We’re calling on all businesses, big and small, to become a Movement Champion. The benefits of becoming a Movement Champion are two-fold: once you’ve registered you receive tips and resources to help you address barriers and challenges to participate in physical activity in the workplace; and, by engaging with Active Geelong you are helping Geelong to become Australia’s most active city.

Register now

It’s a win-win!

Everybody, Everyday Heroes

As part of Active Geelong’s ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY’ movement to make Geelong the most active city in Australia, we want to spotlight the everyday heroes who are changing their lives for the better through physical activity.

Darcy Clissold will reach a personal milestone this week – one that he has worn through many pairs shoes to achieve.

For the past four years, Darcy has clocked up 10,000 steps every day. That’s every day – 1460 to be exact – without missing one.

Not even the birth of his child one year ago could stop him.

Back in October 2015, a group of work colleagues challenged Darcy to get out from behind the desk and complete 10,000 steps every day for a month.

“Initially I laughed at the idea,” Darcy recalled.

“I work in IT and I just thought I couldn’t literally find enough opportunities in the day to achieve 10,000 steps.”

How wrong he was. After buying a new Fitbit and watching the numbers tick over every day for two weeks, a habit started to form.

Now, having tracked over 20 million steps and 15,000 kms in four years, the 30-year-old admits that plugging his trusty Fitbit into the computer and looking at the extraordinary numbers that pop up is “almost an obsession”.

But it’s a healthy one. Not only has his casual fitness improved, the walking has also helped Darcy maintain a healthy weight.

“I’m almost obliged to get out of the office every lunch time now because, in my mind, I need those steps – so it’s been great and I feel better working that last part of the day,” he said.

“I know one day the streak will be over, but I want to keep it going while it’s still in my control.”

Darcy now works as an IT Manager at the Western Victoria Primary Health Network in Geelong (an Active Geelong supporter) and ticks off his steps by parking 10 minutes away and walking to the office every morning.

From there, he will also do a lap of the block around his work as a mid-morning recharge and then head down to the Geelong waterfront on his lunch break.

“The walk to work is about 1200 steps, the morning walk is about 2,500 and the lunch walk is about 4,500 steps. So then, when you get back to the car at the end of the day, that’s about 10,000,” he explained.

Darcy is a shining example of how advocating physical activity in the workplace can empower people to change their lives for the better.

“I would have been someone who said ‘there just isn’t enough time to do that’,” he admitted, reflecting on how much his mindset has changed over the years.

“But I have found that it’s become very easy to fit in exercise and then build your day around it”.

Active Geelong supporting Run 4 Geelong

Active Geelong is excited to be supporting this year’s Run 4 Geelong event being held on Sunday 17 November.

Run, walk or roll to support a race for better health. Run 4 Geelong is a family friendly community event that caters to all fitness abilities, with a festival vibe along the course, entertainment, a great family day out supporting such a great local cause.

There are lots of options for everyone to get involved, including a 12km run, 6km run, 6km family walk and 1km kids dash.

You can find out more and sign up here.

Welcome to Active Geelong!

Active Geelong is on a mission to make Geelong Australia’s most active city. People say, “That’s a great ambition, but how will you know when Geelong is Australia’s most active city?”

This new platform will help us to answer that question.

Workplaces and individuals are encouraged to register and pledge their support for Active Geelong. When you register, you’re asked to complete a short questionnaire that helps us to measure how we’re tracking towards becoming Australia’s most active city.

The questionnaire also helps us to provide you with the most relevant resources & tips to help you and your workplace be more active.

So, c’mon, let’s get active, Geelong!

Active Geelong – Key Initiatives

Interactive Digital Platform

Active Geelong will use innovations to create an interactive online space that will engage the local community in physical activity and measure how we’re tracking towards becoming Australia’s most active city.

Empowering Active Workplaces

In collaboration with our connected and motivated network of local organisations and influencers, we’re going to support the delivery of programs and initiatives the help make movement accessible through fun and social interaction.

Innovating with the Medical Community

The Active Geelong Knowledge Sub-Committee is working with the Geelong GP Active Ambassadors to identify barriers and opportunities to enable and empower GPs to encourage and motivate patients to be more active. A number of evidence-based initiatives will be trialled throughout the year.

Introducing Walking Plus

Connecting experts in physical activity with the broader community we will introduce ‘Walking Plus’ – a walking program that integrates resistance, flexibility, impact loading and balance.

Engaging with the Geelong Community

Using the expertise of the Active Geelong Advocacy Sub-Committee we will inspire pro-active change and build connections that will motivate and empower movement and enhance wellbeing for the whole Geelong community.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for supporting Active Geelong in 2018

What a year! 2018 really was the year for kick starting a movement that aims to change the way we think about and participate in physical activity.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about what we can achieve with the Active Geelong movement because of our lofty ambition to be Australia’s most active city. There are so many opportunities and challenges to address from large-scale systematic changes to small grass-roots activities that will help to improve the health of our community. The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on what has been achieved and to realise that whilst sometimes the ambition seems unreachable our collective impact initiative has already made some great headway.

This edition of the Moveletter highlights some of our recent activity including Self-Care Sunday, the Leaders for Geelong report and the establishment of the Advocacy Sub-Committee.

From the Active Geelong team, we thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you all the best for the festive season. Enjoy the break and getting active in our great outdoors – go for a swim at the beach, a walk along the waterfront or ride your bike along the river.