Engage in Active Parks Program to Boost Wellbeing and Fitness in Ipswich

Preparing to exercise
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Even before the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Bill was introduced into Parliament, the Ipswich City Council has already been exerting efforts to create Australia’s most active and healthy community.

The Council has started the Active Parks Program back in August 2017 to provide a range of activities for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of all ages and abilities.

Active Parks is a program offering free weekly physical activity classes in a community park. Activities include Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, Boxercise, Bootcamp, High-Intensity Interval Training, Low Impact Fitness, Zumba, and Line Dancing.

The activities are held in different venues such as Spring Lake Park, Bill Paterson Oval, Ipswich Showgrounds, White Rock Conservation Park, and many more. Participants who want to join a class do not need to book in advance. Participants are only required to bring a hat, water bottle, and towel.

Mother & daughter keeping fit
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As a supplement to the program, the Council designed the Active and Healthy Ipswich Guide to showcase all of the free and low-cost physical activities, sports, recreation, and wellness opportunities available across Ipswich. The guide will help connect all ages, abilities, and population groups in Ipswich with a healthier lifestyle through a range of exciting activities.

Active & Healthy Ipswich Guide
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Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles recently said, “It’s not just about people’s health and wellbeing anymore. Obesity is one of the leading causes of hospitalisations and disability in Queensland.”

“This, combined with a growing and ageing population, is negatively impacting on the capacity of the health system and the productivity of the economy,” he added.

For details on the program, click here.

Active and Healthy Ipswich Showcase
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