THERE’S a bit of competitive tension rising between our region’s health services.
There have even been reports of some jostling and elbowing between chief executives.
But they assure us it’s all for a positive cause.
Echuca Regional Health (ERH), Kyabram District Health Services (KDHS) and Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) — along with newcomers Campaspe Shire — are participating in Active April for the second year running.
The state government initiative aims to promote lifestyles that are more healthy and active by encouraging Victorians to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in the month of April.
Participants can create teams and track the progress of team members on the Active April app.
And once again, local health services have decided to turn it into a healthy competition.
‘‘Each service tries to get as many staff members on board as possible and we see which organisation can get the highest average minutes per person,’’ KDHS chief executive Peter Abraham said.
‘‘Whichever service wins gets a barbecue cooked for them by the losers.
‘‘This is part of Campaspe Shire’s Healthier Campaspe initiative and helps bring health services and community services together.’’
Each organisation will hold its own activities throughout the month to encourage fitness, with yoga, pilates and walking groups on the cards.
‘‘We’re also encouraging staff to walk during lunch breaks and managers will be encouraged to hold walking meetings,’’ ERH chief executive Michael Delahunty said.
‘‘Health promotion will also be holding bocce sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays.
‘‘As a health service, we feel it’s absolutely essential we lead by example and show the importance of exercise, reducing weight and eating healthily.’’
REDHS chief executive Anne McEvoy said Rochester was hoping for another win after claiming first prize last year.
‘‘But really, this is all about not wanting to cook a barbecue for the rest of these blokes,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m just excited to see them back in their chef’s hats and aprons, cooking a delicious meal for us.’’