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Programs and Services

Programs & Services

There is a need for a range and variety of locally accessible programs and events that complement the use of existing initiatives.

 

A Range of Programs and Services

Local programs and events may be delivered either by Local Government, or with local government support, to build capacity within other service providers and community groups.

Catering for the needs of the whole community should provide a balance between formal activity such as organised sport and recreation and informal activity including walking, cycling, swimming and dancing. The range of programs offered should be accessible, inclusive and encourage and support people to become more physically active.

Community events provide a range of physical, health and social community development benefits and create opportunities to build community connectedness and a sense of place. The community event may be a new initiative or may expand on an existing project.

 

Targeted Community Opportunities

A number of population groups have lower levels of participation in physical activity including Aboriginal groups, culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) groups, women, parents with young children, older adults and populations in low socio-economic areas.

Many of these groups have unique characteristics and barriers to physical activity and may benefit from participating in activities tailored to their specific needs. Consideration should be made to provide targeted opportunities for at-risk groups to overcome barriers to participation at whole community events and activities.

Community involvement throughout planning and implementation phases is critical. The community should be empowered to guide the delivery of services by engagement in consultation processes, participation in project committees and direct involvement as program leaders and deliverers. Where possible, activities should complement and align to national and statewide mass media strategies.

Local governments should also provide support to local community groups that are working towards increasing physical activity levels in your local community.

 

Local Government Walking Initiatives

Walking is a simple activity that has many individual and community benefits including health, social, environmental and economic.

There are many strategies that can be used to promote walking in the community.

Local Government plays a key role in encouraging and enabling people to walking, through the development of walk-friendly environments and initiatives in collaboration with State and Federal Government, non-government agencies and community groups.

Efforts include the provision of streets and public open spaces that are safe and pleasant to walk in and the delivery of specific programs to encourage community participation.

 

Programs and Services Guidance

The following case studies, resources and information may be of assistance to local governments in the planning of physical activity programs and services.


Related Resources

Heart Foundation Walkability Checklist

Heart Foundation Walkability Checklist

The National Heart Foundation has developed a checklist, as a national consumer advocacy tool, that asks community residents to be the ‘eyes and feet’ of their Local Government council to provide feedback on the ‘walkability’ of their local neighbourhoods.

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Relevance: National
Year published: 2011

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia's largest network of free community-based walking groups, led by volunteer Walk Organisers. Heart Foundation Walking makes being active easy, even for those not used to being active.

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Get on Track Challenge

Get on Track Challenge

An initiative of Diabetes WA, funded by the Department of Health, the Get on Track Challenge is a free, fun and entertaining team-based physical activity and healthy eating program for all WA adults.

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Relevance: State
Year published: 2011

Find Thirty

Find Thirty

The Find Thirty every day campaign, initiated by the Heart Foundation, be active wa Physical Activity Taskforce and Department of Health, aims to increase the number of West Australian adults who are sufficiently active for good health.

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Year published: 2011

TravelSmart

TravelSmart

Run by the Department of Transport, TravelSmart helps people to use cars less and to choose alternatives such as walking, cycling, and public transport.

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Healthy Active Workplaces

Healthy Active Workplaces

Healthy Active Workplaces is an initiative formed by the Physical Activity Taskforce and the Department of Sport and Recreation which aims to help employers plan for healthy and active workplaces by providing opportunities to increase physical activity, health and wellbeing of employees.

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Key Findings Report

Key Findings Report

The 'Key Findings of the Local Activity Grants Report' gives an overview of the community, policy, resourcing, partnership and environmental impacts of the Local Activity Grants program and some of the challenges faced through the provision of case study examples.

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Year published: 2010

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How to Promote Walking for Local Governments

How to Promote Walking for Local Governments

The Physical Activity Taskforce, with support from Healthway and the National Heart Foundation - WA Division, developed this guide to assist agencies that wish to promote walking. It draws from the experiences and examples of local governments and other agencies and groups who are successfully promoting walking in their community.

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Relevance: Local
Year published: 2007