10 Apr, 2013 Last updated: 30 Mar, 2015

By Jerril Rechter, VicHealth CEO

Letter to the editor first published in the Sunraysia Daily.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter

It’s a fact of modern life that more than seven out of 10 Victorian adults don’t do enough daily physical activity.

As society has become more automated, we’re moving less and sitting more than ever before. Ironically though, new technology might just be the key to helping all of us get more active.

VicHealth has just launched TeamUp www.teamup.com.au , a free smartphone app people can use to connect with hundreds of sports and activities in their neighbourhoods and join in – whether it’s casually kicking the footy in the park on a Saturday or joining an established sporting team for a regular gig.

This app isn’t just for super-sporty types. It’s designed to have something for everyone, from total beginner or a super sporting ninja. There are more than 100 different sports and activities to pick from – and if you can’t find what you want, you can create your own activity and invite others to join you.

At VicHealth, we believe that getting active should be a highlight in your day, not a chore. And that’s what TeamUp offers: a quick and easy way to join up with people to do an activity you love, whenever and wherever it suits you.

- Jerril