Every Victorian—no matter their age or ability—is being urged to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and improve their fitness and health ahead of 2017’s Premier’s Active April challenge.
Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren launched Active April for 2017 at Gosch’s Paddock with AFL Premiership star Jake Stringer, Melbourne Stars and Western Bulldogs all-rounder Emma Kearney, Diamonds and Collingwood netballer Madi Robinson, Professor Jo Salmon and students from Lighthouse Christian College.
Getting involved in Active April can be as simple as taking a regular walk, riding to school or work, exercising during your lunch break, getting out in the garden or joining your local sports club.
The students from Lighthouse Christian College show you don’t have to be an elite athlete like Stringer, Kearney or Robinson—anyone can sign up and make the change.
By taking the first step, you can work your way up to an exercise or a sport that you love.
Research shows that up to 81 per cent of children don’t exercise enough and as many as 57 per cent of adults are at risk of chronic health problems due to their lack of physical activity. That costs Victoria about $13.8 billion a year.
Turning that around, with just 30 minutes a day of exercise, can improve both our physical and mental health.
People can sign up to Active April as an individual or you can get your friends, family or work colleagues together to form a team.
In 2016 more than 104,000 people made a pledge to do 30 minutes of exercise each day in April. Nearly 11,000 teams joined and motivated each other to stay active.
In 2017, there is a new mobile app that gives participants the chance to log their physical activity, the time they spend exercising, and allows groups to track and compare their progress.
Sign up at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au. Registrations are open until April 30 2017.