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Fitness comes first in the ACT

By Ben Faulks

Being fit and healthy should be high on the agenda for any Australian, but for residents of property in Dunlop, it couldn't be easier at the moment. That's because the territory government has put a number of schemes in place that are designed to get people more active and enjoy what the ACT has to offer.

Among them is the 2015 Active Kids Challenge, which has been launched to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage better habits among the nation's children. The aim to ensure children engage in physical activity for a minimum of an hour a day – and the best part is that it's free!

The programme was a great success last year, as 20,000 children from 68 schools across Canberra took part. It lasts for eight weeks and the 2015 event is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

It has also been announced in recent days that the Aqua Safe water safety and awareness programme would be rolled out across the ACT. Not only will this encourage youngsters to swim, but also ensure that they do it in the safest way possible.

"The Aqua Safe water safety and awareness programme will complement existing learn to swim programs and support children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to stay safe and enjoy physical activity and recreation in and around water," said minister for education and training Joy Burch.

Meanwhile, residents of the ACT have been given the opportunity to get involved in the design of two new outdoor fitness stations due to be installed in Gungahlin and Phillip. Residents of Dunlop property can specify the type of equipment they would like to see, as well as where in the parks they will be located.

Yerrabi Pond District Park and Eddison Park have both been earmarked for the equipment and it's hoped that members of the local community will be keen to have their say.

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