Shire of Goomalling

Locals are invited to get active through new program

Published: Wednesday, 30 March 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Goomalling, it's time to get active!

Thanks to the Shire of Goomalling and the Department of Sport and Recreation, residents are being encouraged to get moving through a free active lifestyle program called ActiveSmart.

ActiveSmart is a behaviour change program designed to increase people’s activity levels and change long term habits. Residents are encouraged to become more active and connected to others in their community.

Participants will be able to access personalised telephone coaching, as well as a range of information about opportunities to get active in the local area. This tailored approach moves away from the traditional focus on exercise, catering to different lifestyles and making getting active accessible for all.

“We’re really excited to be part of ActiveSmart because we hope it brings people’s health to the front of their minds,” says Jo Bywaters from the Shire. “We’d like to encourage residents to sign up to this program which has had great success in other regions such as Geraldton, where 4,000 households took part in the program. Through ActiveSmart Geraldton, residents increased their physical activity by 15 minutes per day.”

ActiveSmart Goomalling

The program is being rolled out across 12 local government areas: Beverley, Dowerin, Goomalling, Koorda, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin (town and shire), Northam, Toodyay, Wyalkatchem and York.

“We’re excited and proud to be collaborating with the State Government to bring ActiveSmart to our community. We’re all working with a common goal but it would be great if the Goomalling residents joined together and showed the rest of them just how ActiveSmart we are!”

ActiveSmart was conceived and created by the Department of Sport and Recreation and has already been successfully received in Rockingham (2009) and Geraldton (2011). In partnership with the Department of Transport, they created Your Move, which added active transport to the ActiveSmart model. It was staged in Cockburn (2014) and more recently in Wanneroo (2015), where 90% of participants made plans to get active and 80% of those had either taken small steps towards being more active or had achieved their goals.

For more information on ActiveSmart in Goomalling, contact our Sport Rec Coordinator Jo Bywaters via sportrec@goomalling.wa.gov.au or on (08) 9629 1101.

"ActiveSmart gets the Wheatbelt moving"

Read the Media Statement by the Department of Sport & Recreation about the launch of this $900,000 project across the Wheatbelt.

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2016/02/ActiveSmart-gets-the-Wheatbelt-moving.aspx

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