- Last updated:
- 29 Oct 2019
Council supports a number of additional health and wellbeing initiatives on the Sunshine Coast.
Heart Foundation Walking
Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with volunteer walk organisers leading the walks.
Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Walking has a very low risk of injury as it is low impact (not jarring on the joints) and doesn't require any special equipment or training. It helps reduce stress, be more alert, have a healthier body and build strong relationships.
Council helps to coordinate over 40 free Heart Foundation walks across the Coast each week. Enjoy the beauty of the Coast while walking with a group and making new friends.
Walking for at least 30 minutes a day provides a range of health benefits including:
- maintaining healthy weight
- increased fitness and strength
- improved self-esteem and mental health.
Members receive some great benefits including:
- special offers
- regular newsletters
- incentives and prizes to help keep walkers motivated.
We are always looking for volunteer walk organisers to start new walking groups on the Coast.
To find out where your nearest group is, or how you can start a new group:
- visit Heart Foundation Walking or
- call 1300 362 787.
If you would like to talk to your Sunshine Coast Council Local Coordinator, contact the Community Development Team on 5475 7272.
Heart Foundation walking maps
Easy: slow leisurely, less strenuous walks
Medium: brisk walk, may include some hills
Various: walks of varying difficulty
Adventure Sunshine Coast
With over 150 free, self-guided walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and canoeing activities, Adventure Sunshine Coast is the ultimate guide to the great outdoors of the Sunshine Coast.
For more information please visit Adventure Sunshine Coast.
Council has brought the global community running phenomenon, parkrun to the Sunshine Coast. Open to everyone, parkrun is a free, five-kilometre timed run (or walk) held 7am every Saturday morning from a local park. On the Sunshine Coast, parkrun is held at six locations:
|Kawana Surf Life Saving Club - Cooper's Lookout (carpark to the north), Buddina|
|Woorim Park - Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach|
|Brightwater Sports Ground - Cnr of Heliconia Street and Cordyline Place, Mountain Creek|
|Mudjimba Beach Surf Club - Cnr Mudjimba Beach Esplanade and Mudjimba Beach Road, Mudjimba|
|Parklands Regional Park (Bushland trail) - Radar Hill Road, Kulangoor / Nambour|
|Baringa Sports Grounds - Baringa Drive, Baringa (Aura)|
How parkrun works
The key to parkrun’s success is the timing technology. Runners register online and then print a barcode that is scanned at the end of each session. This is matched with the runner’s finishing time. All the results are posted online by midday, so runners can compare their performance with their friends' times and against previous times.
Most of the events have over 100 runners and walkers each week. All ages and abilities can take part; the oldest member is over 90 years! Participants are welcome to bring prams and dogs.
To register, or for more information, visit parkrun.
My health for life Program
My health for life is a free, six-month program where you work with a health coach to achieve your health goals.
It is a State government-funded initiative, delivered by an alliance of health organisations, and is designed to help Queenslanders stay well and lessen their risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Choosing either small group sessions, or one-on-one phone coaching, you explore topics such as nutrition, physical activity, understanding your personal risk of developing health conditions and how to make healthier choices a part of everyday life.
With the support of your coach, you will also develop an action plan. Whether your goal is to get more active, eat better, stress less, or lose weight, the focus is on building a step-by-step plan to help you achieve your goals over time.
Program fast facts
- The program is personalised to participants’ needs
- It is delivered by qualified health professionals in local areas
- Participate in either group-based sessions or telephone-based health coaching
- It involves six sessions over six months – the time commitment required is not big
- The first session is a personalised one-on-one appointment
- The program particularly suits people who have not found traditional weight loss or exercise programs suitable.
We believe healthy change is best achieved in manageable steps. Let us show you how to set realistic goals and develop an action plan for success! We’ll support you on your journey and help to get your health back on track.
Want to get involved?
To find out if the My health for life program is right for you:
- contact 13 74 75
- visit My health for Life
- speak to your GP or other health professional.
Live Life Get Active
Free health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the park. Head along to a free boxing, x-training or yoga class at one of two Sunshine Coast locations - Birtinya or Baringa (Aura).
To register, or for more information, visit Live Life Get Active.