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Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

Council supports a number of health and wellbeing programs on the Sunshine Coast.


  • parkrun on the Sunshine Coast - open to everyone, parkrun is a free, five-kilometre timed run (or walk) held every Saturday morning in a local park. parkrun on the Sunshine Coast is held at four locations, Kawana, Golden Beach, Brightwater and Town of Seaside.
  • Heart Foundation Walking - Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with volunteer walk organisers leading walks in various locations on the Sunshine Coast.
  • FOODcents – online information and training in relation to basic nutrition. Provides user friendly comparisons of costs and nutritional content of home made versus take away meals. Includes information on how to shop-smart and understand food labelling.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing – a report produced by the New Economics Foundation (UK) that identifies five key daily actions to improve wellbeing including the research and evidence base that led to their selection.
  • Heartmoves - Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who has not done any exercise in a while. It is designed to be safe for people with stable long-term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and bone or joint problems. Exercises can even be adapted for those with special needs or done in a chair.

For Heartmoves session information, view the timetable below. For more information contact the trainers directly.

Program sessions


Walking for Fitness, Fun, and Friendship program

Know the Score - diabetes awareness program

The Diabetes Queensland Know the Score program helps people to learn about:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • steps to take to reduce diabetes risk.

Trained volunteer speakers can also deliver free information sessions to community groups.

For more information or to book a community speaker, contact Diabetes Queensland on (07) 3506 0958 or visit the Diabetes Queensland websiteLink exits to another website .

Government initiatives

There are a range of state and federal government initiatives that encourage a healthy lifestyle, including:

Resources and research

Beyond Blue to Green: the benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-beingLink exits to another website – a report that reviews Australian and international research, and shows there is a significant relationship between people’s mental health and their local environment.

Disclaimer: The listed programs and initiatives are not directly provided by the Sunshine Coast Council, and Sunshine Coast Council takes no responsibility or liability for any damage, loss, cost, expense, claims, demands, actions, proceedings, injury (including death) or dispute due to or arising out of, directly or indirectly, the actions or omissions of any participant or any third party provider.

Last Updated 28-Oct-15