Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
More than 100,000 Victorians from across every generation have signed up to participate in this year’s Premier’s Active April, committing to 30 minutes of physical activity every day in April.
Officially launched today at an event at Treasury Gardens, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events The Hon. Martin Pakula MP was joined by Active April Ambassadors including AFL Women’s Carlton star Darcy Vescio, Nine News presenter Madeline Slattery, and Commonwealth Games athlete Kelly Hetherington who jumped into action.
The group was joined by students from Richmond West Primary School and seniors from a local strength training program, coming together to demonstrate a range of exercises suitable for every generation and fitness level.
Research from AusPlay has found only a third of Australians aged 55 and older are sufficiently active, with poor health or injury the biggest barrier to participating in sport or physical activity. In Victoria, participation in physical activity drops dramatically during adolescence, halving from 120 minutes to 60 minutes.
Active April ambassador Darcy Vescio said she was excited to be part of a campaign encouraging individuals to overcome barriers to physical activity.
“Health and fitness have always been really important to me, though I know how hard it can be to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule,” Darcy said.
“Active April is a great opportunity for Victorians to find adjustments in their daily routine to increase their physical activity, whether that’s going for a walk with friends or family or signing up for a new sport or group class you have always wanted to try.”
New in 2019, Active April participants will have access to a ‘Get Active Workouts’ video series featuring Kelly Hetherington. The videos feature 30 different 10-minute workout ideas that can be done at home to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events The Hon. Martin Pakula MP said he hoped to see Victorians prioritising their health and wellbeing this April and beyond.
“Premier’s Active April is a chance for Victorians to come together with friends and family to form long-lasting healthy habits,” Minister Pakula said.
“The Active April app allows you to track your daily activity, provides access to a host of activity programs to choose from, and now the ‘Get Active Workout’ video series to make it even easier to get moving.”
This year we have also introduced our all-new Get Active Workout Videos. Exclusive to registered Active April participants, these instructional videos are the perfect way to help you stay motivated this April. From full-body workouts and core-focused exercises to Pilates and yoga videos, there’s something for everyone regardless of age or fitness level!
Click here for a preview of our all-new Get Active Workout Videos!
Last updated: March 28, 2019 at: 5:34 pm
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