Activity areas welcomed
MOSQUITOES did not deter enthusiasm as the All Ages Activity Areas were officially opened on Friday.
Standing in Lions Park, swatting the pesky bugs, Gladstone Regional Council staff and councillors, members of the Healthy Active Gladstone Region committee and Queensland Health representatives listened to comments about how these areas were being noticed by people across the country.
Amarna co-director Crystal McGregor, who has played a leading role in the Healthy Active Gladstone program, told the attendees of how positive comments about the program were received by people at a national conference, which she spoke at recently.
The activity areas were constructed using $600,000 prize money won by council when named joint winner of the State Government’s Healthy Queensland Awards last year.
Healthy Active Gladstone Region Chairperson and Acting Mayor Gail Sellers said the ideas for the activity areas worked so well because of the input from the community.
“The Healthy Active program includes nine fitness stations around the region, as well as point-of-decision prompts, Healthy Active Ambassadors, Healthy Choice menu options and Healthy Active workplace options,” she said.
Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young was very impressed with the program.
“I hope other councils around the state can follow the lead shown by the Gladstone Region.”