Active Geelong

The moveletter

Hi! Welcome to the Active Geelong moveletter. This is the place where we will keep you informed and up-to-date with everything happening at Active Geelong.

what's keeping us active?

Collaboration is integral to the success of Active Geelong. For Geelong to become Australia’s most active city we will need work with all sectors of the community, get them involved and seek their support.

Active Geelong has been successful in securing grants from Geelong Connected Communities and Geelong Community Foundation. These grants are helping us to establish Active Geelong as a recognised brand in the Geelong community through the development of our website.

Thank you to these wonderful community minded organisations for their support.

In June we were delighted to receive support from City of Greater Geelong who recognised the innovative approach we’re taking as an example of creative design and included Active Geelong as part of Geelong’s City of Design designation by UNESCO.

Geelong has a long and proud history as a creative city and leader in design. It is Australia’s first (and only) City of Design and joins an international network of 180 cities committed to the power of creativity and innovation in building sustainable cities. It’s about collaboration, culture, planning, people and prosperity – working together for a clever and creative future for all.

This is a great achievement for Active Geelong especially to be recognised with other great Geelong-based initiatives such as GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work), Manufutures and Federal Mills. Find out more about Geelong City of Design here.

Things we're moving on

A priority for Active Geelong’s first year is to mobilise our medical community to help get people moving more. Working with a small number of GP practices across Geelong, we are looking to investigate how GPs can better promote and prescribe physical activity during consultations.

A working group has been established to focus on the following areas:

•       Raise public awareness of the benefits of physical activity and motivate people to change

•       Provide safe, accessible, affordable and appealing opportunities for physical activity (in house/out of house/formal or informal). Recognise what is already available and what we need.

•       Increase GP awareness of exercise prescription, the how and the why, through the entire GP journey (student to end of practise) to educate and motivate GPs to confidently provide exercise information.

Supporters spotlight

We are very grateful for the supporters who have come on board to bring Active Geelong to life. As a collective impact initiative, we know that we won’t be able to create long-lasting generational change without bringing the whole community along with us.

Our partners have shown great leadership in the community by putting time, resources and funding into Active Geelong to get it up and running. Each newsletter we will highlight some of our great supporters but to kick us off, this edition highlights the different types of support being provided.

Community Leadership

GMHBA is proud to provide the community leadership for Active Geelong. In collective impact terms GMHBA is the backbone organisation providing support for the successful delivery of Active Geelong.

Movement Makers are organisations committed to providing their ongoing support, knowledge and expertise towards the long-term objectives of Active Geelong to make Geelong Australia’s most physically active city.

Movement Partners

Organisations providing both their engagement and their financial support to ensure the long-term sustainability of Active Geelong

Movement Supporters

Organisations providing their support to ensure the long-term sustainability of Active Geelong

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Active ambassadors

Each newsletter we will highlight one of our amazing ambassadors who is helping our community to get active.

This month we’d like to introduce you to Geelong Cats CEO Brian Cook.

Brian loves his work as Chief Executive and Director of Geelong Football Club and Chair of Barwon Health.

He swims at sunrise 5 mornings per week in Torquay no matter the water temperature or time of year, and always without a wetsuit. He has started the Rottnest Channel Solo Swim (20Kms) 13 times and completed it 11 times. He has had type 2 Diabetes for about 10 years and is sure that swimming helps to keep the sugar levels down.

When we asked him about why he said yes to becoming an Active Geelong ambassador he said, “I find most problems in life can be assisted in some way by becoming physically active. I was a trained physical education teacher before I went into sports administration and am aware of the advantages of human movement. Active Geelong will be a platform to promote this.”

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Meet the Board

The Active Geelong Board is made up of representatives from a number of leading Geelong-based organisations.

Dr Hugh Seward is the inaugural chair of the Active Geelong board. He is a Sport and Exercise Physician and GP in Newtown and a Board member of Geelong Football Club. He aims for a variety of exercise including strengthening, balance and flexibility, competitive games, and aerobic exercise such as jogging, rowing and swimming. However, his favourite activity is bush walking in remote parts of Australia.

“Regular activity is an essential part of my life, even when on holidays, and I have found it is the best way to remain healthy in body and mind. I’m looking forward to promoting this message through Active Geelong.”