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Active Living

Active living is one of the key actions to increase overall wellbeing and prevent chronic disease in the Alpine Shire. Our health promotion work involves creating supportive environments in the community which make being physically active an easier choice.

What we do

The Active Alpine Group has representation from Alpine Health, Gateway Health, Alpine Shire Council and Sport North East. The group aims to increase and promote opportunities to be active in the Alpine Shire and in turn promote health and wellbeing, social connection and a healthy, thriving community. Our plan is to:

  • Promote existing events, free, family-oriented activities and facilities
  • Support development of a physical activity policy/strategy
  • Support walking and cycling path connections/improvements
  • Map existing informal recreation opportunities and multiple-use sporting facilities
  • Support sports clubs and workplaces to build healthy environments    

Our Achievements

  • Offered free exercise classes at the Outdoor Fitness Equipment in Tawonga and the creation of a ‘train the trainer’ video for volunteer led classes (2022) – Funding received from the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership
  • Submissions of grant applications to install and promote Outdoor Fitness Equipment (2021/22):
    • The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants
    • Bushfire Recovery Victoria - Local Economic Recovery and Community Facilities Grants.
    • Bright Bendigo Bank
    • Central Hume Primary Care Partnership Grants
  • Establishment of a community run Myrtleford parkrun– Funding received from the Bright Bendigo Bank, Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Health and the Rotary Club of Myrtleford (2021)
  • Consultation sought for input into Alpine Shire Council’s, Council Plan (including Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan) and Active Sport and Recreation Plan (2021).
  • Calendar of events for Active April 2019 and 2021 (2020 cancelled due to restrictions from Covid 19).
  • Support for the Rotary Club of Mt Beauty in one of their successful grant applications for Outdoor Fitness Equipment installed in Mt Beauty and Tawonga (2020).
  • Support Alpine Pole walking groups with establishment and promotion in Myrtleford, Mt Beauty and Bright (2019/2020).
    • 2020 feature story on Nordic Walking celebrating 30 years of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) ESSA 30 Years | Story #8
  • Consulted community and provided feedback on Alpine Shire Council’s Walks and Trails Guides (2019)

How to access

We welcome anyone who is interested in improving their health and wellbeing through physical activity

Maureen Ryland - Health Promotion Officer

Phone: 0437 366 982

Email: [email protected]

Program Partners

We work alongside the following partners to promote active living within the Alpine Shire: Gateway Health, Alpine Shire Council and Sport North East

The above achievements highlights our partnership approach to addressing a complex issue. For the past four years there has been a key partnership approach by Alpine Health and Gateway Health by committing significant staff hours to work collaboratively, including a Gateway Health staff member working at Alpine Health one day a week to enhance the groups objectives. 

We have purpose. We have outcomes. Our achievements are a credit to this. 

Resources

Alpine Active Living – Mapping Project

  • Alpine Active Living – Mapping Project Findings Summary (2018) – A summary of the findings of the Alpine Active Living Project which gathered data through stakeholder engagement, a community survey and mapping analysis in order to determine opportunities and barriers that exist, and in turn, influence rates of physical activity in the shire. Based on this information gathered, this report provides recommendations that aim to benefit the health of communities within the Alpine Shire.
  • Alpine Active Living – Mapping Project Findings Report (2018) – This project gathered data through stakeholder engagement, a community survey and mapping analysis in order to determine opportunities and barriers that exist, and in turn, influence rates of physical activity in the shire. Based on this information gathered, this report provides recommendations that aim to benefit the health of communities within the Alpine Shire.

Scoping and Costing Outdoor Fitness Equipment in the Alpine Shire

Scoping and Costing Outdoor Fitness Equipment for the Alpine Shire – Report 2019 – This report aims to investigate the need and support for potential outdoor fitness equipment (OFE) across the Alpine Shire. The report provides evidence for installations of OFE and looks at local demographic needs through local population statistics and community consultation. This report has been successfully used by a community group to achieve funding for the installation of outdoor fitness equipment. Alpine Health encourages the use of the report to assist community group with funding applications.

View the Report

Physical Activity Participation in Regional Areas of Australia – Literature Review

This review aims to understand the barriers and opportunities for participation in physical activity in regional areas to provide evidence to inform public health interventions.

View the Literature Review

Central Hume PCP – Making Physical Activity a Priority – Case Study (2020)

Active Alpine Better with Partners – Case Study (2019)

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