Mayor throws down the gauntlet on getting active


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is challenging Redlanders to get up and get active by registering for one of the fantastic activities on offer in the Redlands Healthy and Active Program which commences on Monday 22 January.

“The program is designed to promote the importance of physical activity and lifelong involvement in physical activity for improved health and well-being.”Mayor Karen Williams - healthy and active

“We all have busy lives but we need to set aside time to get active and improve our long term health.

“Apart from all the personal health benefits you’ll enjoy, we’re a more engaged and inclusive community.

Cr Williams said for those not currently active, Redlands Healthy and Active Program might just be the motivation needed to change those old habits. Every week during school term 1 (22 January to 30 March), there’s a variety of activities for everyone, including women, Mums & Bubs, seniors, children and families.

“Luckily, there’s no better place to do that than here in Redlands with our fantastic climate, spectacular vistas and relaxed approach to life,” she said.

“We want people out there using our public open spaces.

“Redlands has 485km of walking and cycling paths and road bike lanes,” Cr Williams added.

Exercise is found to increase your self-confidence, give you more energy, ease anxiety, improve your mood and fight depression. It has a range of other benefits including preventing heart disease, preserving bone mineral density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

According to a study done by the Australian Government in 2015, 2 in 3 Australian adults and 1 in 4 children were overweight or obese, which means one quarter of our young folk under 17 years already have weight issues. The study showed that that excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

If you’re ready to get up and get active, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/rhap for a full schedule and information on the range of free weekly activities from Yoga or Boxing Circuits, to Children’s soccer and Women’s Zuu Fitness – all out in our beautiful open spaces.

The Australian and Queensland Governments, through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, provided $38 800 to Redland City Council to deliver the Redlands Healthy & Active Program.

The Queensland Government provided $30 284 to Redland City Council to deliver the Redlands Healthy & Active Program to get women and girls active for life.

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