Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Premier John Brumby today challenged Victorian families to be healthier and get more active, as he launched the Premier’s Active Families Challenge.

Joining Magpies great Nathan Buckley and Olympic Gold medallist Liesel Jones in Maribyrnong today, Mr Brumby encouraged families to take up the challenge.

“The Premier’s Active Families Challenge is proof that we all can make some big changes to our general health and wellbeing by making simple changes in our daily routine,” Mr Brumby said.

“More than 50,000 Victorian families took part in the challenge last year and we are hoping more families take advantage of the warmer weather and sign up to get healthy and active.

“As part of the challenge, families are urged to complete 30 minutes of exercise a day for 30 days from October 2 until November 13 and we’ve learnt from previous campaigns that this can be the first step towards a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

Mr Brumby said each family who registered for the Premier’s Active Families Challenge before October 15 would receive a free 15-visit family pass to attend YMCA Centres across Victoria, a 15 percent discount at all Victorian Rebel Sport stores and one free child zoo pass.     

Sports Minister James Merlino said that 30 minutes of physical activity a day could be achieved just by making small changes to everyday tasks.

“Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking to the local shops instead of driving the car are all practical ways people can make up 30 minutes of daily physical activity,” Mr Merlino said.

“The Premier’s Active Families Challenge is fun, free and a great way to develop a lifetime of healthy habits, which can play a key role in turning the tide against the looming epidemic of diabetes and obesity.
“Research also shows the involvement of parents in physical activity can increase a child’s participation levels and making time in each day to be active with children can set them on a positive track for their future years.”

Former Collingwood captain and Assistant Coach Nathan Buckley said regular physical activity was an important part of his family’s routine and he looked forward to taking the challenge.

“My wife Tanya and I enjoy taking our two young boys out for a walk or to the park,” he said.

“The Premier’s Active Families Challenge is a great way to not only get active, but spend time with your family and just have fun.”

The Premier’s Active Families Challenge is now in its third year and is a Go for your life initiative run by the Victorian Government.

For more information or to register go to or call 1300 73 98 99.

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