Message getting through
It’s time to get off the couch and start moving with Sparc’s Push Play campaign.
In the past the campaign has focused on trying to get people more physically active.
But Sparc Push Play manager Deb Hurdle says the aim this year is to get people involved in more organised activities.
“Initially Push Play was about telling people about health benefits, but now people generally know they get health benefits from being active.
“Now we want to move onto bigger challenges.”
Ms Hurdle admits it’s difficult for some people to find time for organised sporting activities.
“It’s hard for some people to balance work and family life. “They’re so much into looking after everyone else they end up at the bottom of the ladder.”
But she says walking, cycling, swimming, touch and the indoor versions of soccer or netball don’t always require huge amounts of time for training.
Ms Hurdle believes the Push Play message is getting through to people, with weekly surveys undertaken by the organisation indicating many members of the public are taking part in more regular exercise.
The Push Play campaign runs from Sunday to November 7.
Visit www.sparc.org.nz/pushplay or phone 0800 ACTIVE.