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Hobart gets healthy

A NEW initiative launched by the Hobart City Council is set to get the local community active, outdoors and utilising the city’s extensive networks of parks and reserves.

“Healthy Hobart” offers the community 21 free activities over the course of nine-weeks, ranging from group fitness activities, rugby league “come and try” sessions, heritage walks and children and toddler-based activities.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the council was eager to add to the health and wellbeing of the community by running free activities aimed at improving health and wellbeing, as well as providing valuable social networks.

“We are encouraging people to get out, get active and meet people with these free activities,” she said.

“Not everyone wants to go to the gym or join their local sports team, which is why Healthy Hobart offers everything from kite flying and skateboarding to group fitness sessions out in the fresh air in our beautiful parks and reserves.”

A 2016 report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 32 per cent of adults are obese and 67 per cent are considered overweight.

“Our hope is that Healthy Hobart will help inspire our community to make exercise a regular part of their life,” Ald Hickey said.

Chairman of Hobart City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Ald Anna Reynolds, said the program was designed in partnership with Healthy Tasmania.

“We want to make it easy and fun for people to participate in a range of recreation and leisure activities, while also providing an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences,” she said.

“Healthy Hobart is working with a number of local operators and sports organisations, making it easier for people to continue on if they find something they like, as well as helping local operators and clubs to find new members.

“There are even a few big names involved – it’s not every day that you get to have your first lesson in rugby league delivered by a player from the Melbourne Storm or compare your fitness to the North Melbourne Football Club star players.”

Ald Hickey said there was no need to book and people were welcome to simply show up on the day.

“But remember to bring a drink, sunscreen and hat – let’s get healthy Hobart,” she said.

The Healthy Hobart program will run until 13 April 2017 and people of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Full details can be found in the “Healthy Tasmania” app, now available in the app store.

Caption: The free Healthy Hobart program is giving children and adults in the Hobart community the chance to “have a go”, throw the footy around and get active outdoors. Photo credit: Alastair Bett.

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