The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, Minister for Health and Sport launched the inaugural Be Healthy program at the Rosebud Beach Community Bowls Club earlier in October.
The Be Healthy program is a joint initiative of Bolton Clarke (the new face of RDNS and RSL Care) and Bowls Australia that will be rolled out nationally through local lawn bowls clubs.
The free program provides health information to the community on nutrition, positive ageing, skin health, new technology for carers and mental health. The program links community health needs reducing stigma and opening pathways for the community to access information, advice and services.
The launch featured over a dozen exhibitors including Rotary, Alzheimer’s Australia and My Word who showcased their services and community links.
Speaking to local bowlers, Minister Hunt noted the positive role that bowls clubs played within the community. “Over 4 million Australians have a mental health challenge and the link between sport and mental health is well documented. Its role is central to maintaining an active and engaged community,” he said.
This initiative will help to strengthen the role of clubs throughout the community as bowls continues to be one of the largest sports within Australia’s sport and recreation industry with over 633,000 people participating with an annual growth rate of 3.5% according to Bowls Australia.
The Mornington Peninsula has numerous bowls clubs including, Flinders, Dromana, Sorrento, Rye and Mount Eliza that will be able to tap into this new community health and wellbeing program.
Showing what a good sport he is, Minister Hunt was given a quick coaching lesson on how to throw one down the rink by Australian Bowls Jackeroo champ Carla Krizanic much to the delight of attendees.
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