More than 120,000 Victorians took the pledge to make tracks and boost their health and fitness by committing to 30 minutes of exercise every day in April.
This year’s campaign kicked-started with ambassadors including Western Bulldogs player Liam Picken, AFL Women’s players Daisy Pearce and Katie Brennan, Commonwealth Games stars Jess Gallagher and Madi Robinson, and Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener encouraging Victorians of all ages and abilities to register and call on their pets to tap in to the ‘pawsitive’ benefits of increased levels of physical activity.
Great new prizes and rewards complete with a new personalised “My Local” feature also inspired even more people to get involved in local activities, and take advantage of events and offers within their local community.
A record 1364 Victorian schools and 790 Victorian workplaces took the pledge – exercising daily by walking to school, riding to work, or visiting the gym during their lunch breaks.
The most active local government areas were City of Casey, City of Ballarat, City of Boroondara, City of Monash and Moreland City Council.
When it comes to schools, the best performers were Springside P-9 College in Caroline Springs, Emerson School in Dandenong, Heidelberg Primary School, Langwarrin Primary School and Haileybury College in Keysborough.
Workplaces with the most active employees were Latrobe Regional Hospital, Bass Coast Shire Council, Peninsula Health, Porter Davis and Kyabram District Health Service.
Women once again well and truly out-ran their male counterparts, making up 60 per cent of participants.
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