Physical activity in the park
Other Health and Wellbeing Opportunities
  • Last updated:
  • 30 Nov 2017

Other Initiatives

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

  • Live Life Get Active - Free health, fitness and nutritional education 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. 

The FOODcents program provides free online training about basic nutrition. You do not have to have a background in nutrition to undertake the training. The training covers basic nutrition and teaches you how to shop smart – saving you money while improving your eating habits.

Once you have completed the FOODcents training, you will become a FOODcents advisor. You will receive a certificate for completing the course. This will empower you to speak to friends and family about what you’ve learnt through the training.

You can complete the online FOODcents training from home. Alternatively internet access is available in libraries across the Sunshine Coast.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with volunteer walk organisers leading the walks.

Walking is an easy, low-maintenance way to boost your weekly exercise and socialise at the same time.

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.

The role of the Walk Organiser includes: 

  • determining the walking route
  • determining a day and time
  • welcoming new walkers
  • completing a small amount of paperwork.

To find out where your nearest group is, or how you can start a new group:

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


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My Health For Life Program

Are you ready to make a positive lifestyle change to improve your health? Are you at risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or possibly stroke or some cancers? 

If you’re ready to make a positive lifestyle change, then My Health For Life may be right for you! This free program is designed to help people who are at high risk of chronic disease get their health back on track. It focuses on behavior change, with eligible participants taking part in a six month program that helps them to move past the barriers that stand in the way of making healthy choices and positive lifestyle change.

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 RISK (13 7475)
• visit www.myhealthforlife.com.au
• speak to your Pharmacist or GP.

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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 every Saturday morning from a local park. On the Sunshine Coast, parkrun is held at five locations:

  • Kawana
  • Golden Beach
  • Brightwater
  • Town of Seaside
  • Nambour.

The not-for-profit incorporated association, parkrun Australia, and the local parkrun sessions are operated by volunteers.

Parkrun locations

The first Sunshine Coast parkrun at Kawana commenced in October 2012. Golden Beach parkrun began in February 2014, Brightwater parkrun in October 2014, Town of Seaside in June 2015 and Nambour in November 2015.

Each event has over 100 runners and walkers each week. Runners and walkers of all ages can participate. Participants are welcome to bring prams and dogs. The oldest participant is almost 90 years old.

Program timetable

Location Day and time
Kawana Surf Life Saving Club - Cooper’s Lookout (carpark to the north) Saturday 7.00 am
Woorim Park - Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach Saturday 7.00 am
Brightwater Sports Ground - Corner of Heliconia Street and Cordyline Place, Mountain Creek Saturday 7.00 am
Town of Seaside - Glen Retreat Park on Merchants Parade Saturday 7.00 am
Nambour – Radar Hill Road, Parklands Regional Park, Kulangoor (Bushland trail)
Saturday 7.00 am

To register, or for more information, visit the parkrun website.

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.

Australian venues

There are 204,366 registered Australian parkrunners, with venues in 155 different locations around Australia.

To register a new parkrun event in your neighbourhood, visit the parkrun website.

Background

Founded by British born, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun began in 2004 with just 13 runners in a suburban area of London. The response was overwhelming and what started as a bunch of mates running a weekly five-kilometre timed running event, quickly grew into something much bigger.

Since then parkrun has snowballed to almost 94,551 events with over 1,457,148 registered members worldwide.

Events take place in pleasant parklands, around lush lakes, and along beautiful beach fronts and people of any ability are encouraged to take part.

Australian Tim Oberg was based in London for nine years and was captivated by the emergence of parkrun. He met with founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt to discuss taking parkrun ‘Down Under’ and was instrumental in establishing parkrun in Australia.