Local communities are an important setting for participation in physical activity. The creation of physical activity opportunities and interest groups that encourage friendship, motivation and support are important in initiating and maintaining participation in physical activity at all stages of life.
You can start by getting to know your neighbours, going to local festivals and activities, and having fun at parks and recreation centres in your local area. To view programs already being run in your area, visit our community physical activity programs. In this section you'll find resources to help you be active in your community. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us for more information.
- Fact sheet on sitting time (PDF) – prepared by the Heart Foundation, this fact sheet provides information on the importance of reducing sitting time, recommended limits for sitting, and tips for reducing sitting time in adults.
- Family Food Patch - Family Food Patch is a peer education program that aims to improve the nutrition and physical activity knowledge and skills of parents of young children. Family Food Educators promote good nutrition and physical activity in their local community and are able to share knowledge and experiences with other parents. Visit this site to find out the many ways they do this and how you can get involved.
- Heart Foundation’s Neighbourhood Walkability Checklist (PDF) – this checklist is designed to help individuals and groups to survey their local walking environment.
- Parks for all people – this website provides a list of national parks and reserves in Tasmania with access for people with mobility impairments.
- Safe and Secure Living – this resource provides simple, practical tips and strategies to help older people and the general community feel safe and able to enjoy participating in physical activity in their community.
- Staying active booklets – produced by Communities, Sport and Recreation, these booklets provide ideas for older adults to be active and social in their local area. These booklets have suggestions to suit a wide range of interests and abilities.
- Step to it: Why walking matters (PDF) - A joint initiative between Alzheimer's Australia and the Heart Foundation.
- The Blokes' Book (PDF) – the Bloke’s Book is a directory of services, contacts, support groups, current information and commentary from services and men in the Tasmanian community.