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10,000 Steps launches community grants

10,000 Steps launches community grants

Published:01 May 2018

The 10,000 Steps program has just opened its second round of Community Grants.

Funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by CQUniversity, the 10,000 Steps program has highlighted that the 2017 Community Grants were a success.

Nine Queensland organisations collectively conducted four community-wide 10,000 Steps Tournaments and implemented or updated 10,000 Steps walkway signage in five regions.

10,000 Steps Project Leader Professor Corneel Vandelanotte says his team is excited to launch the next round of Community Grants.

"These Community Grants provide an opportunity for local groups and organisations to use the established, evidence-based 10,000 Steps program to implement strategies to encourage physical activity throughout Queensland," Professor Vandelanotte says.

"The implementation of these strategies has the potential to reach many people for years to come.

“The grants fund strategies like the walkway signage which focus on environmental change.

"The implementation of this type of long-lasting enhancement to local walkways can have far-reaching outcomes compared to interventions solely focussed on individuals.”

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the community program was an excellent opportunity to boost physical activity.

“With 64 per cent of adults and 26 per cent of children across Queensland overweight or obese, it’s crucial for families across the state to have fun ways to form good habits, which is why we support important programs like 10,000 Steps,” he said.

“I’m working on my 10,000 steps a day and I know how hard it is some days when you’re stuck at a desk but keeping an eye on that number keeps me motivated to do a bit extra each day.

“It’s really great to see the program helping Queenslanders in their journey to become healthier, with simple tools to encourage more physical activity.”

Successful applicants in 2017, Western Downs Regional Council, were awarded a grant to sign three walkways across their region and have stated that “Parkrun participants have commented on how good it is to have the signage along the running path”.

Their final report detailing the success stated that “approximately 22 000 people will see these signs each year”.

This year the grants have increased, with up to $5000 available per grant. The grants aim to provide community organisations with funding to promote walking and physical activity through implementing one or more of the existing 10,000 Steps strategies which include:

* Walkway Signage
* The Dog Walking Strategy
* Community Tournaments
* Promoting Your 10,000 Steps

Another successful applicant in 2017, the Queensland Walks group kickstarted 10,000 Steps Tarragindi and implemented a community-wide Tournament.

The Tournament went for six weeks, during which time local walks were organised, including photo clue hunts and historical walks, highlighting the health benefits and local walking routes.]

Queensland Walks have reported that “anecdotally people in Tarragindi are saying there is a higher awareness of
walking and the health benefits following the 10,000 Steps Community Tournament".

Applications close on Friday 8 June 2018.

For more information about the grants, register as a Coordinator today at www.10000steps.org.au and visit the Resources section.