WHY WE EXIST?
Because regular activity is good for you!
Participation in regular physical activity can help prevent:
• Cardio vascular disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Depression and anxiety
• Certain cancers, including colon and breast.
Active Geelong is a collaborative project that brings together leading businesses, doctors, researchers and individuals to address inactivity in the Geelong region.
It is a collective movement on a mission to make Geelong Australia’s most active city by 2020 with an additional 15,000 residents moving more.
Geelong is ideally placed to be Australia’s most active city thanks to the environment, weather, infrastructure and access to world leaders in physical activity research.
The project aims to increase access, opportunities and activities in innovative ways that boost physical activity in the Geelong region.
It has been estimated that 10% of premature deaths are attributable to physical inactivity, costing the national health budget $1.5 billion per year.
Active Geelong will provide advocacy, education and support to encourage more activity in an attempt to reduce this number and track outcomes.
Active Geelong will work with workplaces, local GPs and health professionals and the broader community to increase physical activity in the Geelong region through innovative ways that will increase access, provide new opportunities and support activities that promote physical activity.
Working together with local organisations, Active Geelong aims to support employees to become more active. With the support of The Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University, Active Geelong will apply a systems thinking approach to determine the barriers and opportunities to increase physical activity and will support individual workplaces to adopt initiatives that increase physical activity.
Through our partnership with the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Active Geelong will work with local GPs and health professionals in advocating increased levels of physical activity.