Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Mar 2017

Healthy Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council has launched an exciting new health and wellbeing initiative called 'Healthy Sunshine Coast'. A series of free or low cost group fitness activities will be made available for Sunshine Coast residents to participate in across the coast. It is recommended you consult your Doctor prior to embarking on a fitness program. The full list of activities are available on the Healthy Sunshine Coast webpage.

Council also supports a number of external health and wellbeing initiatives on the Sunshine Coast.

Other programs

  • 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 five locations, Kawana, Golden Beach, Brightwater, Town of Seaside and Nambour.
  • 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.
  • Live Life Get Active - Free health, fitness and nutritional educaition both online and in the park. Come along to a free boxing, X-Training or yoga class at Lake Front Park, Birtinya Island. Registration and bookings are essential. 
  • 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


Location: CWA Hall, Short Street, Nambour
Trainer: Margot 0457 063 096
Cost: $5.00
Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
     9.00 am to 10.00 am    


Location: Montville Village Hall, Memorial Close, off Main Street Montville
Trainer: Margot 0457 063 096
Cost: $8.00

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
       9.00 am to 10.00 am  


Location: RSL Hall, North Street, Yandina
Trainer: Margot 0457 063 096
Cost: $7.00

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 7.45 am to 8.45 am        

Combines riverside walks with exercise sessions. Enjoy healthy exercise at your own pace.

Where  South Bank of the Maroochy River - Boat Ramp Picnic Shelter
(opposite 333 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, near BBQ) 
When Monday and Tuesday
Time 9.00 am - 10.30 am
Cost $5.00 per session
Contact Marjie (07) 5448 4229

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 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 wellbeing - 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.