Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging all Victorian families to get active, healthy and involved in their local community by taking the Premier’s 30-minute challenge.
Ms Tierney said the Premier’s Active Families Challenge would kick-off next month and encouraged families to increase their physical activity levels and get involved in sport and recreation activities.
“To complete the Challenge, Victorian families will be required to complete 30 minutes of physical activity for at least 30 days between 9 March and 20April,” Ms Tierney said.
“From taking the kids for a ride around the park, to playing sport together, to walking to school or work, we encourage all Victorian families to take the Premier’s 30-minute challenge.
Ms Tierney said the Premier’s Active Families Challenge was free, fun and easy to participate in.
“A Challenge booklet will be provided in the Herald Sun newspaper on Tuesday 4 March that will include tips on getting active as well as a registration form for families. From Monday 18 February, families will also be able to register online at www.goforyourlife.vic.gov.au.
All registered families will receive 15 free passes at their local YMCA and a 10 per cent discount for Rebel Sport stores during the Challenge, as well as the chance to win fantastic prizes, including sports packages for their local primary school, gym memberships and sports vouchers.
Local councils, sports associations, clubs and community organisations are also being invited to support the Challenge by encouraging families to get involved in local events, open days and sport and recreation activities.
Ms Tierney said by encouraging people to make an effort to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in their daily routine, the Challenge was hopefully instilling lifelong habits for a happy, healthy and active lifestyle.
“Often Victorian families are balancing a range of school and work commitments, but by making some simple changes in our day, we can make some big changes in our general health and wellbeing,” Ms Tierney said.
The Premier’s Active Families Challenge is part of the Brumby Government’s Go for your life initiative, which aims to get Victorians more healthy and active.
Premier John Brumby said the Challenge provided an excellent opportunity for families to spend more quality time together while improving their general health and fitness levels.
“Good nutrition and exercise can play a key role in a range of health issues that Victorians from all walks of life face every day,” Mr Brumby said.