For a longer life get moving, even just a little a bit

“Take the stairs rather than escalators. Use your bike if possible for transportation. Sit less, move more and move often.”

Ulf Ekeland, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Men and women who move around throughout the day, even if they just stroll or clean the kitchen and do not formally exercise, are less likely to die prematurely than people who hardly ever leave their chairs, according to a new study of physical activity and mortality.

The study, the largest of its kind to date, finds that any activity, no matter how modest, can reduce mortality risks, with some of the greatest gains seen when people shift from being almost completely sedentary toward rising and ambling for even an extra hour each day.

All activity counts.

Read the full Age article here

WATAG strongly advocates walking and riding as a good HEALTH activity which has great community benefit aside from any personal gains people make.

In the “cost benefit” society we have become with lessening empathy for a less-fortunate individuals’ well-being, we think it’s important to emphasise the economic benefit of #Active Transport when talking to decision makers.

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Active Whitehorse News – Special Box Hill Edition

Active Whitehorse News – Special Box Hill Edition

Have your say about the future of Box Hill.

The Chen symbolises peoples view of Box Hill’s future.

Read the consultants report… and more, so you can comment.

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Active Whitehorse News

Active Whitehorse News May/June 2019 is now online.

Here’s a sample:

Are Freeways a knotty problem- whats happening with NEL?undefined

PLUS:

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Whitehorse Budget Blues

Inequitable budget needs changing

Whitehorse Council draft budget for 2019-2020 was published in April

18% of the population involved in structured club/sport will receive a massive 97% of the recreation related budget. The 82% who walk and ride for exercise, recreation or transport get just 3%

The budget direction as far as Active Transport is concerned is very bleak!

WATAG made a detailed submission – see the document below. or download here.

If you are concerned, contact your local Councillors and let them know.

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Whitehorse Rd?

More people – fewer cars.

When cities prioritise the movement of people over cars, the whole city is enriched.

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Delft in Holland redesigned Papsouwselaan which was a 50 m wide post-war arterial, and created:

  • One car lane each direction
  • Dedicated bus/tramway
  • Loading zone
  • Four rows of street trees
  • TWO bidirectional cycle tracks

Whitehorse Rd is 60m wide between Nelson Rd and the Box Hill Town Hall.

Imagine the benefits to the people living in, and visiting, Box Hill if this kind of treatment was included in plans for the future.

Thanks to https://twitter.com/modacitylife for pointing this out.

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Walking is not in the “scope”

Here’s why @DanielAndrewsMP, @VicGovDoT @roadprojectsvic @vicroads need to re-focus and include ALL of us in the scope of ALL projects. #ActiveTransport IS VITAL for our future.

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Save me a parking place please

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