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Active Geelong announced as PlaySport Early Adopter

Active Geelong is excited to become an early adopter partner with PlaySport. The partnership is a demonstration of Active Geelong’s commitment to be an enabler and inspirer of physical activity in our community.

The partnership is a collaboration that will help more people to be more active.

PlaySport is the first online platform for all things sport. Think of it as the world’s largest all-inclusive sports centre – every sport, every level, every ability – PlaySport connects you to it all. With one login you can find, organise or play sport, it’s all in one place.

Active Geelong and PlaySport share a vision for increasing physical activity amongst the population with Active Geelong aiming to become Australia’s most active city by 2029 and PlaySport aiming to get 3 million Australians more active in 3 years.

We are excited to be connecting the Geelong community with physical activity opportunities and supporting individuals to meet the physical activity guidelines of at least 30-60mins of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week.

Together, we are encouraging physical activity providers (sporting clubs, community groups, personal trainers, …) and individuals to join the movement movement and register with PlaySport. With one login you can find, organise or play sport, it’s all here in one place here.

MEDIA

Active Geelong Ambassador Richard Colman recently featured in GT magazine and spreads the word about the 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩.

“He has recently been named as an ambassador for Active Geelong, a collaborative project that brings together leading businesses, doctors, researchers and individuals to address inactivity across the region.

The aim is to ensure every person gets the recommended 30-60 minutes of physical activity on at least five days of the week.

Fellow ambassadors include AFLW player Erin Hoare, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings and Geelong Cats CEO Brian Cook.

The movement, which encourages people to become “champions” of the cause, has already gained the support of 38 businesses and 70 individuals who have pledged to create change.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY HEROS

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’s funny how a small thing can make a big difference.

Up until recently, 57-year-old Roxie Bennett was like most people her age.

“I didn’t think I was necessarily inactive… I was just in a place where I thought – if I’m going to commit to getting more active, it would have to be getting a gym membership or doing something big like that. And that just wasn’t going to fit into my lifestyle,” she recalled.

Then Roxie attended an Active Geelong advocacy meeting and things changed.

“It was all about how it only takes 30 minutes of physical activity a day to receive significant health benefits,” she said.

“I walked out of that meeting and a I thought ‘Bugger it, I’m going to do it – I’m going to find a way to do 30 minutes a day’.”

Since then, Roxie has incorporated a daily walk into a new healthier lifestyle that has brought about an incredible personal transformation. 

In just 8 months, Roxie has lost over 25 kilograms – remarkable.

However walking is just one part of the puzzle. Roxie also does Yoga sessions five times a week – and it is an experience that provides benefits far beyond weight loss.

“Doing yoga has improved my life in so many ways – my muscle and bone strength, my gut health, my flexibility, my mental health – the list goes on and on.”

Many people around Geelong would recognise the name Roxie Bennett from Bay 93.9’s THE CATCH UP.

However for us at Active Geelong, the radio personality is just another EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY Hero who is changing her life for the better through physical activity.

And by doing so, Roxie is one of many people trying to make Geelong the Most Active City in Australia.

“One of the big things I realised was that I don’t have to go for that big one hour walk to get the benefits,” Roxie said.

“I can just walk for 30 minutes – so I can be out of bed, out for a walk and back in the shower in under and hour,” she said.

“It’s just such a wonderful way for me to start my day.

“If everyone did 30 minutes of exercise each day, the difference that would make to the health of our community in Geelong would just be phenomenal.”

Do you know someone who is an ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY HERO’?

Contact Active Geelong here and help us give them the recognition they deserve for trying to make Geelong the Most Active City in Australia!

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.

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.

Check out the Active Geelong Resources & Tips page here for ideas and support to increase physical activity in your workplace.

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

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.

Doctors are telling Lewis Gates he could live to 100.

And there is a simple reason for that.

“Because I’m still so fit,” explains Lewis, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

National physical activity guidelines recommend that people achieve at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise five days a week.

If ever there was an Active Geelong ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY HERO’ to demonstrate the health benefits of following this recommendation, then Lewis is certainly it.

“Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I do a series of exercises, and then on Tuesday and Friday I do the exercise bike,” Lewis says proudly. “And I also do some walking and gardening on top of that.”

The former Construction Project Manager begins his routine first thing in the morning.

“I do at least 20 sit-ups, 20 glute stretches, 20 hamstring stretches, 20 knee rolls and 20 press-ups,” he said.

“Just to the count of. I can’t hack this business of doing 20 and then having a rest and doing another 20. I don’t do sets.”

Lewis admits there was a time when he could do a few more of each exercise than he can now. “But for my age, that’s pretty good, I think,” he quips.

Absolutely it is – especially when you consider that, according to research, 37% of people who live in Geelong (most much younger than Lewis) are not meeting the minimum physical activity guidelines.

In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that Lewis was still playing competitive hockey as a goal-keeper. At 83, and with 1000 games under his belt, Lewis was the oldest registered player in Australia.

So, what is his secret? “I want to live as long as I can,” he said.

“A lot of my motivation comes from that. And also I need to stay fit, mentally and physically, to look after my partner, who has severe dementia.”

 

Do you know someone who is an ‘EVERYBODY, EVERYDAY HERO’?

Contact Active Geelong here and help us give them the recognition they deserve for trying to make Geelong the Most Active City in Australia!

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 – 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.