Glenorchy Keeping People ‘On The Go’
Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion Mark Butler has visited an innovative local project in Glenorchy funded by the Australian Government to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and social inclusion.
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21 November 2012
Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion Mark Butler today visited an innovative local project in Glenorchy funded by the Australian Government to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and social inclusion.
Mr Butler said the Glenorchy on the Go project was part of the Government’s nation-wide push to expand preventative health activities.
“Glenorchy on the Go is about making sure older people and people outside the workforce are taking care of their health with good eating habits and plenty of physical activity,” Mr Butler said.
“It has provided support to over 1500 people so far with community gardens, cooking classes, healthy eating programs, walking groups, tailored sports sessions and adapted sports for people with disability.”
“For many older people in the program it has also helped to keep them socially connected to other people in the community and avoid feelings of social isolation.”
The project was funded as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, which the Australian Government funded with $71.8 million over five years from 2009-10.
“Glenorchy on the Go was designed to support people outside the workforce, including older retired people who have a greater tendency to reduce physical activity at the expense of their health and wellbeing.”
The program has also linked people with other activities run by organisations including Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation.
For more information, contact the minister’s office on 02 6277 7280
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