Physical Activity Strategy up and running - 16/07/2007A new Physical Activity Strategy aims to make Wanganui the most active region in New Zealand.
The strategy has been developed by a number of community organisations and now a "Legacy Group" has been formed to ensure the strategy and action plan are implemented.
The group members are Philip Kearney (CEO, Sport Wanganui), Memo Musa (CEO, Whanganui District Health Board), Cr Philippa Baker-Hogan (Chair, Wanganui District Council Sport and Activity Committee), Sue Frecklington (Principal, Whanganui UCOL), Jenny Tamehana (CEO, Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority), Chris Gunn (Regional Manager, Halberg Trust), Judith McDonald (Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation) and Joanne Hayes (Taumata Hauora Trust).
"Physical activity is more than just sport and is recognised as a key factor in maintaining and keeping good health," Cr Baker-Hogan said.
"We want to inspire and support the people of Wanganui to be healthy and active by increasing the level of physical activity in their daily lives. This is essential for the future health and welfare of our community."
The action plan will focus on key organisations working together in a co-ordinated approach to increase physical activity; increasing the profile of physical activity in Wanganui; bringing together existing programmes and opportunities, community groups and networks, clubs and expertise; developing and maintaining sustainable environments that support all people to be active; and responding to community needs and changing environments.