Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
Victorians are once again being urged to sign up and get active through the Premier’s Active April challenge, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.
To demonstrate the ‘pawsitive’ benefits of getting active with pets, Minister for Sport John Eren joined AFL Women’s Melbourne Demons captain Daisy Pearce and Western Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan at Gosch’s Paddock to run some four-legged friends through their paces on the Active April ‘Dogstacle’ course.
Everyone should enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle, but research shows it’s not the case.
More than 50 per cent of Victorian adults fail to meet the recommended levels of physical activity, while 80 per cent of children don’t exercise enough.
Premier’s Active April is a great place to start – and getting involved is free and simple.
“Active April is the perfect opportunity to get moving and get healthy,” said the Minister for Sport, John Eren.
“We all love our pets, and one of the best ways to keep them happy is to spend time with them getting active in the great outdoors.”
This year’s campaign is encouraging Victorians of all ages and abilities to register and call on their pets as a fun and easy way to increase levels of physical activity.
“When I’m not training, my favourite way to get active is to take our Staffy Django for a run or walk. Pets are more than loyal companions – like me, they’re also advocates for a healthy lifestyle,” said Active April ambassador Daisy Pearce.
A new personalised “My Local” feature on the website will be introduced to help people find local activities, events and offers within their local community.
Active April is also a great way for workplaces to boost morale around the office, and workplace teams are encouraged to apply.
It’s as easy as taking the stairs, walking the kids to school or getting out in the garden.
Last updated: February 20, 2018 at: 10:35 am
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