Myrtleford Times

Lots on offer for Active April

- By JUSTIN JENVEY

THERE is two weeks left of Active April and still plenty of activities to get involved in across the Alpine Shire.

Once again Active Alpine - a group consisting of representa­tion from Alpine Health, Gateway Health and Alpine Shire Council - are supporting local residents to get more active, more often.

Health promotion officer for Alpine Health, Maureen Ryland, said there is a host of activities for people to participat­e in.

“In the calendar of events are activities like running and walking groups, boxing classes and some strength training come and try sessions,” she said.

“Amongst that is a focus on keeping the mind active so there are some mindfulnes­s sessions with free yoga and laughter yoga, and tai chi.”

Ms Ryland said there are also online workouts available for people to do from home if they are “too nervous to get the leotard on and get to the gym”.

“Primarily our whole aim is about increasing physical activity in the Alpine Shire and it’s good that we’ve been

able to offer people some opportunit­ies to do activities from home,” she said.

“We’re also asking for pre and post evaluation­s, we want to know how much activity people are doing and hopefully from the beginning of April to the end, people have increased their activity.”

All sessions organised for Active April are either free or low cost to participat­e.

“After the year that a lot of people have had, we’ve been incredibly blown away by the generosity of businesses offering to host free activities,” Ms Ryland said.

“Alpine Fitness Centre in Bright has offered some free gym passes for a few of weeks and Alpine Shire Council is providing 10 free passes to

the Bright Sports Centre too.

“Bushfire Recovery Victoria has been great too and has funded five activities including some laughter yoga and normal yoga across the three major towns of the shire.”

Active April will also coincide with the launch of Park Run in Myrtleford which will take place on April 25.

Lists of Active April activities are available across the Alpine Shire at libraries, health centres and neighbourh­ood centres, or through the Alpine Health and Gateway Health websites.

For more informatio­n you can also contact Maureen Ryland on 0427 351 694 or email maureen.ryland@alpineheal­th.org.au.

 ??  ?? MORNING WORKOUT: Last Thursday (from left) Shelley Herman, Maureen Ryland, Amber Knight, Mario Mariethoz and Marta Keenan participat­ed in a free yoga session at Mt Beauty as part of Active April.
MORNING WORKOUT: Last Thursday (from left) Shelley Herman, Maureen Ryland, Amber Knight, Mario Mariethoz and Marta Keenan participat­ed in a free yoga session at Mt Beauty as part of Active April.

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