31 Mar, 2015 Last updated: 01 Apr, 2015

With the Premier's Active April due to get underway tomorrow, VicHealth is encouraging Victorians to reassess their New Year’s resolutions and give them another go.

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The Premier's Active April initiative challenges people to add physical activity to their daily routine throughout the month of April. 

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said that while many people kick off their year with the best of intentions to exercise more, it can be difficult to maintain momentum.

"We all know it can be hard to find our motivation as the year goes on, especially as we head into winter. The Premier's Active April is a great time to think about the resolutions you made at the beginning of the year and give them another shot."

Victorians of any age can sign up, either as individuals or in teams, and log their activity on the Active April app.

Ms Rechter said, "The beauty of Active April is that it’s for all Victorians – no matter their age, gender, ability or fitness level.

"Around 60% of Australian adults are classified as overweight or obese, and more than 25% of these fall into the obese category. By 2025, more than three-quarters of Australian adults will be overweight or obese.

"The first step in addressing this is to get people moving more. The benefits of getting active include increased health and fitness; weight loss and prevention of obesity; improved mental wellbeing; and prevention of diseases such as heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes."

For those who struggle to find time to get active outside, Ms Rechter suggested finding ways to move more at work. 

"We're fortunate to live in one of the best states in the world for opportunities for physical activity with literally hundreds of sports and recreation activities on our doorstep. However, if you just can’t find the time to get outside, why not refresh your mind and body by getting up from your desk every hour, or take the stairs instead of the lift. A great way to get some outdoor time is by holding a walking meeting or rather than have lunch at your desk take a short walk," Ms Rechter added.

For more information, go to www.activeapril.vic.gov.au
VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues to address the physical and mental wellbeing of Victorians, including rising obesity levels. VicHealth's H30 Challenge is essential to reducing Victorians' intake of excess kilojoules through sugary drinks, while the Walk to School campaign is a great initiative to get children moving, and the TeamUp app is a social community which connects people to a wide range of physical activities within their local community.
Media Contact: Helen Walsh, Senior Media Advisor, 03 9667 1319 or 0435 761 732 or email [email protected].