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VicHealth, in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, worked with five local governments to strengthen physical activity outcomes, under the three-year Be Active initiative.

Summary: Be Active evaluation highlights (PDF, 449 KB)


The aim of Be Active was to address the lack of safe, accessible and inclusive environments restricting people’s capacity to participate in physical activity.

Be Active ran in tandem with the Victorian Government’s Healthy Together Victoria initiative, to boost the efforts of the local governments to achieve increased physical activity participation in their communities.

The funded municipalities were:

  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Knox City Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Wodonga City Council

Be Active had a particular focus on increasing physical activity participation for children, older people and families, as well as improve civic engagement through volunteerism.

The first step was for councils to strengthen local policy and planning activity, including their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, and to increase active participation and volunteering by using the VicHealth Physical Activity Framework.

Be Active then supported innovative initiatives by councils to respond to the specific barriers to physical activity for their communities.

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.