Wonthaggi,
28
March
2014
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05:56
Australia/Melbourne

Let's Get Physical At Your Local Library

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Bass Coast residents can enjoy an active lifestyle after the launch of walking poles and pedometer loan kits at libraries around the Shire on Tuesday.

The Physical Activity Library Loan Scheme is a joint project between Bass Coast Shire Council’s ‘Living Healthy Bass Coast Project’, West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation and Gippsland Medicare Local.

Library Corporation CEO, John Murrell, welcomed keen walkers to the Launch held at the Bass Coast Principal Library in Wonthaggi.

“The Physical Activity Library Loan Scheme is an exciting new project providing Bass Coast residents free access to walking poles and pedometers, which can be easily borrowed in the same way as you would a book,” Mr Murrell said.

“All Bass Coast Libraries will be stocking this new equipment – here at Wonthaggi Principal Library, Inverloch Library, Cowes Library and the Mobile Library.

“Using pedometers and walking poles is a great way to stay motivated and can assist you in reaching the National Physical Guidelines of 30 minutes of physical activity a day.”

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, encouraged residents to try out the walking poles and pedometers for themselves.

“There are so many wonderful walking tracks around our Shire. This is a great opportunity to borrow a kit, go for a walk and perhaps try and increase the amount of physical activity you do daily,” Cr Rankine said.

“You can use a pedometer to track how many steps you do and then try and improve on your next walk. The walking poles can assist with stability and balance, as well as give you a full body workout.”

Gippsland Medicare Local CEO, Peter Quigley, has congratulated the initiative, which is a great addition to community resources.

“This project is an example of an innovative health promotion activity, aiming to increase access to exercise equipment for all community members,” Mr Quigley said.

“We look forward to providing support to the project through evaluation over time to understand its impact on the health of Bass Coast residents.”

This initiative was funded by the Australian Government.