WARRNAMBOOL City Council recreation officer Anna Sanderson is leading from the front when it comes to participating in the Premier’s Active Families Challenge.
Mrs Sanderson, husband Rod and children Lilly, 6, and Harry, 4, have signed up for the challenge of doing 30 minutes of exercise each day for 30 days.
Schools across Warrnambool have registered to take part in this year’s challenge, with students and pupils logging their physical activity online for a chance to win themselves and their schools prizes.
Mrs Sanderson said her family’s activities had included spending time at The Arc, bike riding and walking down along the Promenade and swimming.
“It’s been really good, the kids have got really excited. We have a boy who likes to sit inside so it’s been very good to get him out and about,” she said. “So far everyone is enjoying the challenge, it’s a wonderful initiative.
“The reason we signed up was because the school (St Pius X) has supported the challenge and we can win prizes including sporting equipment or sports clinics with high-profile sporting personalities for the school.”
Warrnambool City Council has backed the health initiative and offered a number of free reward cards to people who signed up.
Council youth and recreation co-ordinator Kim White said challenge participants would have access to healthy eating plans and advice on making physical activity part of their daily routine.
“This is a fantastic program, not only for young people but for everyone to jump on board,” she said.
Registered schools will share in more than $70,000 in prizes and individuals can receive a range of offers including 15 per cent discounts at Rebel Sport and free entry to the Melbourne Aquarium.