Health ini­tia­tive to get you off couch

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

A health ini­tia­tive aimed at show­ing the ben­e­fits of outdoor recre­ation will launch next month, giv­ing res­i­dents of the Peel re­gion a chance to get off the couch.

The South Metropoli­tan Health Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice and Peel Trails Group have col­lab­o­rated with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to fund and pro­vide the Peel re­gion’s first Out­doors Oc­to­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants will be able to en­joy walk­ing and pad­dling ac­tiv­i­ties, themed events, games and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, fes­ti­vals, na­ture and fundrais­ing events.

Com­mu­nity and Pop­u­la­tion Health Ser­vices health pro­mo­tion co-or­di­na­tor Richard Crane said par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity outdoor events had ex­ten­sive ben­e­fits for one’s phys­i­cal and mental health.

“An ac­tive com­mu­nity with peo­ple us­ing their lo­cal parks, re­serves and outdoor spa­ces makes for a health­ier, safer and bet­ter-con­nected com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Peel re­gion pro­vides a beau­ti­ful back­drop for the month of ac­tiv­i­ties with its range of pub­lic outdoor spa­ces and di­verse nat­u­ral, cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal fea­tures.

Most ac­tiv­i­ties are free and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to try some­thing new and dif­fer­ent. There is some­thing for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties, ages and fit­ness lev­els.

Lo­cal clubs, groups and agen­cies are host­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties across Man­durah, Pin­jarra, Dwellingup, Jar­rah­dale, Wa­roona and Bod­ding­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion, se­lect Peel in the re­gional search box on the events page at out­door­soc­to­

Pic­ture: SMHPS

The wild­flower walk is just one of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the up­com­ing Out­doors Oc­to­ber cal­en­dar.

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