Outdoor Fitness Equipment for the Alpine Shire
The Active Alpine partnership was formed with representation from the Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Health, Gateway Health and Sport North East to deliver recommendations from Active Living Research undertaken in 2018. One of the recommendations related to scoping the feasibility of Outdoor Fitness Equipment for the Alpine Shire. A scoping report was prepared by Leeah Cooper, Exercise Physiologist, Equilibre Health, in August 2019.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for individuals and communities alike. Despite the evidence, the Alpine Shire has high rates of physical inactivity. This increases across the lifespan and with lower socioeconomic status. Therefore, affordable, accessible and inclusive physical activity opportunities are necessary to address some of the individual and environmental barriers encountered when being or becoming physically active. This report aimed 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 need through local population statistics and community consultation.
Potential sites for OFE across the Alpine Shire were assessed as a result of the information collected. These assessments were conducted in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty, Bright and Porepunkah. Considerations for installing OFE, costing and recommendations for equipment have been developed. Including OFE in one or more sites across the Alpine Shire would be a beneficial investment and assist with improving physical activity rates and health outcomes for the local community. The role of the Active Alpine Group is to now advocate on behalf of the community for exercise equipment based on this evidence.
For further information contact Maureen Ryland, Health Promotion Officer of Alpine Health on 03 5755 0133