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Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is challenging Redlanders and islanders to ‘get up and get active’ by registering for one of the fantastic activities on offer in the Redlands Healthy and Active Program which commenced on Monday, 22 January.

“The program is designed to promote the importance of physical activity and lifelong involvement in physical activity for improved health and well-being.”

“We all have busy lives but we need to set aside time to get active and improve our long term health.

“Apart from all the personal health benefits you’ll enjoy, we’re a more engaged and inclusive community.

Cr Williams said for those not currently active, Redlands Healthy and Active Program might just be the motivation needed to change those old habits.

Every week during school term 1 (22 January to 30 March), there’s a variety of activities for everyone, including women, mums and bubs, seniors, children and families.

“Luckily, there’s no better place to do that than here in Redlands with our fantastic climate, spectacular vistas and relaxed approach to life,” she said.

“We want people out there using our public open spaces.

“Redlands has 485km of walking and cycling paths and road bike lanes,” Cr Williams added.

Exercise is found to increase your self-confidence, give you more energy, ease anxiety, improve your mood and fight depression. It has a range of other benefits including preventing heart disease, preserving bone mineral density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

According to a study done by the Australian Government in 2015, 2 in 3 Australian adults and 1 in 4 children were overweight or obese, which means one quarter of our young folk under 17 years already have weight issues. The study showed that that excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

If you’re ready to get up and get active, visit

for a full schedule and information on the range of free weekly activities from Yoga or Boxing Circuits, to Children’s soccer and Women’s Zuu Fitness – all out in our beautiful open spaces.

The Healthy & Active Program is coming to the SMBI’s – both events are on Russell Island, and they’re FREE!!

Programs start next week and run for 10 weeks (throughout the school Term 1).

Kid’s Mini Games

Fun and active games and exercises to challenge the mind and body. Every week will be something different, but it’s guaranteed to be fun.

Fridays 4.00 – 4.45pm Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park

Beginner’s Yoga

Unwind from the day with the yoga class designed to create flexibility in both mind and body.

Wednesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Russell Island Hall.

The recently formed Multi Sport and Recreation Association is getting behind the Healthy and Active program, as is Roman at the Russell Island Gym.

The Australian and Queensland Governments, through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, provided $38,800 to Redland City Council to deliver the Redlands Healthy & Active Program.

The Queensland Government provided $30,284 to Redland City Council to deliver the Redlands Healthy & Active Program to get women and girls active for life.

• Mayor Karen Williams working out!

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