Residents are being encouraged to increase their physical activity over the coming months to improve all aspects of their health, including mental wellbeing.
Council’s new Make Your Move Greater Dandenong Physical Activity Strategy 2020-2030 plans to transform the lives of residents by promoting ways the community can get more active and enjoy the many facilities available within the municipality.
Mayor Angela Long said Council is committed to supporting residents on their journey to better health.
“Make Your Move is a call to action for our local community to be more active and will raise awareness about the importance of physical activity, provide more opportunities for people to get active, and provide environments that encourage physical activity,” Mayor Long said.
“Being active can lead to a healthier community, physically, mentally, socially and economically, so we’re encouraging everyone to get on board and make their move.”
VicHealth figures show that less than half of Greater Dandenong residents meet the recommended guidelines of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.
“We also have higher rates of diabetes and obesity compared to other areas of Victoria, and our mental health wellbeing levels are lower compared to the rest of the state,” Cr Long said.
“We can change this by making small changes to our daily routines and enjoying all this great city has to offer in a range of great public parks, open spaces and recreational facilities.”
Physical activity reduces feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It reduces the risk of obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and improves mobility.
“It’s also great way to meet new people, make social connections and build a sense of community pride,” Cr Long said.
Council will be encouraging members of the community to make a pledge to be more physically active.