Healthier Community Thanks To Bass Coast Project
After two years of inspiring the Bass Coast community to be active and healthy, the Living Healthy Bass Coast Project is coming to a close.
The Project was funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, enabling local governments across Australia to kick-start healthy lifestyle programs, and develop policies and activities to create healthy communities.
The funding was dedicated to addressing the obesity epidemic in Australia, with Council’s Project running from March 2012 until June 2014.
Programs delivered by Council were Lift For Life, Community Gardens, the Heart Foundation Walking Groups, the Living Healthy Roadshows, Heartmoves, Community Kitchens, the Library Physical Activity Loan Scheme and Frisbee Golf.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Neil Rankine, said he was proud of the work Council had done, establishing the eight healthy living programs for the community in the two year timeframe for free, or at a low cost.
“These new initiatives aim to encourage and support healthy lifestyles within Bass Coast, and I am happy to report over 6,000 people have participated in the programs on offer,” Cr Rankine said.
“Many of the participants who joined fitness classes continued to exercise beyond the timeframe of the project, and 72 people have also been trained as facilitators and leaders, building the capacity of the community to sustain these activities.”
Cr Rankine said although the Project would officially come to a close in August, many of the programs would still be available for the community due to links with other organisations and through trained facilitators.
“The Heart Foundation Walking Groups in particular have been a huge success, recruiting around 530 participants, with 26 walking groups formed throughout the life of the Project.
“Eleven of those walking programs have also become sustained weekly activities,” Cr Rankine said.
“In fact, the Walking Groups were so popular, Council’s Project Officers were asked to speak at the Heart Foundation State Wide Conference to showcase the success of the walking program in Bass Coast.”
One final project – a Frisbee Golf Course – will be constructed in Cowes on Phillip Island soon.
Information on how to get involved in Living Healthy Bass Coast Project programs can be found on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/livinghealthy.