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Page updated: 13 April 2012

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Updated: 13 April 2012

What Local Governments Are Already Doing

What Local Governments Are Already Doing

Local governments can assist by raising the profile of the benefits of physical activity for health and increasing knowledge, awareness and understanding of the wider co-benefits of physical activity.

To ensure consistency of key physical activity messages it is critical that local governments align with the National Guidelines for Physical Activity.

To increase physical activity at the community level, a whole of community approach is required that combines multiple level strategies that target the development of local policy, programs, social, natural and built environment and public education.


Ideas for Resource and Information Sharing

 Some of the ways in which local governments are currently promoting physical activity and information sharing include:

  • Ensuring there is open communcation internally across teams within their local government, allowing for a coordinated approach to increasing physical activity. Some local governments have formed a Health and Wellbeing Committee which regularly meets, including representatives from Environmental Health, Community Development, Community Safety, Parks and Garden, Planning etc;
  • Creating a directory of local physical activity opportunities (e.g. Recreation and Culture Directory/ Health and Wellbeing Directory);
  • Organising local newspaper and radio promotions;
  • Utilising a geographic information system (GIS) to create maps of local physical activity opportunities;and,
  • Promoting physical activity resources through local libraries, community and family centres, local organisations and recreation centres.


Subscribing to Industry Newsletters

Annother way of keeping aware of industry news is to join relevant local government member organisations or subscribing to their newsletter including;