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Innovative exercise projects sought

By Tatura Guardian

The Heart Foundation is calling for entries in the 2019 Active Australia Innovation Challenge, which will award up to eight grants valued at $10000 each for innovative community-based projects designed to get Aussies moving.

According to data from the Heart Foundation’s Australian Heart Maps, nearly two in three Victorians are not doing enough exercise for good health.

Victoria is the sixth least active state or territory in the country after South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, NSW and the Northern Territory.

Nationally, six in 10 adults and three-quarters of seniors are not meeting physical activity guidelines.

This is increasing their risk of developing heart disease, which is the single leading cause of death in Australia, claiming 51 lives a day.

In a 2018 World Health Organisation study measuring physical activity around the world, Australia ranked in the bottom half of 168 nations, contradicting the stereotype of Australia being a fit, active, outdoors-loving nation.

The Active Australia Innovation Challenge is open to tertiary institutions, schools, councils, community groups and other organisations, and in some circumstances, community members and individuals.

Shortlisted applicants will have the chance to refine and pitch their ideas, before a panel of experts decides on up to eight winners, each of whom will receive a grant of $10000 to turn their project idea into a reality.

Entries close on July 31.

■For more details and to apply, visit campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/active-australia-innovation-challenge