Monday, 04 April 2016 17:07

Beat diabetes this World Health Day

Media release, 4 April, 2016


Western Sydney councils are calling on residents to get active this World Health Day (April 7) and beat diabetes.

Established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Health Day 2016 seeks to put a stop to the rapid rise of type 2 diabetes worldwide.

The number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes has tripled over the last 25 years and Western Sydney is a key hotspot.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “Compared to the national average, Western Sydney residents suffer much higher rates of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes; a condition that is two to three times more prevalent in Western Sydney than the Sydney CBD.”

“The good news is that anyone can lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by making healthier lifestyle choices,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Simple steps such as squeezing more walking into your day, swapping soft drinks for water, and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables can make a big difference,” he said.

“Local councils are committed to helping residents lead healthier lifestyles and many offer a number of lowcost and free programs to help everyone get active,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Additionally, councils are always working to provide better active living infrastructure such as walking paths, cycle ways, outdoor gyms and leisure centres for residents to enjoy,” he said.

“To find out more about council programs and facilities available in your area, give your local council a call,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“If you would like to learn more about type 2 diabetes and how to prevent it, drop in to your local GP for a check-up,” he said.


What's happening in your local area?



Life Long Learning – This program offers a range of low-cost and no-cost activities for residents of all ages and abilities including: gardening and cooking classes, Zumba, pilates, yoga, Bollywood Dance, boxing, cross training, table tennis and seniors fitness.
For more information call 9735 1306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Heart Foundation Walking Groups – Various locations and times.

Greenacre Over 50’s, 8am Tuesday, Wilbur Street Greenacre.

Mirambeena Regional Park Walking Group, 7.30am Monday and Friday, Garrison Point.

Revesby Walking Group, 7.45am Monday, Lambeth Reserve (1st and 3rd Monday of the month) or outside the Bankstown YMCA (2nd and 4th Monday of the month). 

For more information or to start your own group visit 

Get Active Bankstown – Get Active Bankstown is back in 2016. Run across multiple locations it is a great opportunity to try a new activity for free. This year Get Active will include activities such as soccer, netball, hockey, football, circus arts and bubble soccer. Dates and locations to be announced shortly. For further information contact Bankstown City Council on 9707 9999. 

Tai Chi Classes – Every Monday, 10-11am, 11-Noon, Bankstown Trotting Club, 178 – 182 Eldridge Road Bankstown. Contact: 9686 2282 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Salsa 4 Seniors – Every Tuesday 10am – Noon, Bankstown Arts Centre. Contact: 0408 003 858 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Martial Arts classes – Every Tuesday and Thursday 5.45 – 8.15pm, PCYC, cnr Meredith St and French Ave, Bankstown. Contact: 8710 8616 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Go4Fun – A free healthy living program for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 - 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living.

Leisure centres – Blacktown has a number of leisure centres offering swimming, water aerobics, gyms, basketball and tennis courts. Residents with medical problems can gain free entry to council-run pools with a doctor’s certificate. 

Live Life Get Active – Is a free exercise program sponsored by Blacktown City Council. Classes are run at Emerton and Woodcroft on a daily basis.

Wellbeing parks - Featuring public gym equipment, walking and running tracks, as well as children’s play equipment. 

Community groups – Blacktown also runs a number of community programs including: walking groups, heart smart exercise programs, basketball and dance programs

For further information on any of the above programs contact Blacktown City Council on 9839 6000.



Walking – The Blue Mountains has a number of National Parks that can be enjoyed all year round. For a list of walking tracks visit o Women’s Walking Group – 9am Mondays and Wednesdays, Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centre, 124 Lurline Street, Katoomba. Contact Lyn on 4782 5133 for further information.

Blackheath Walkers – 8.30am Mondays, Jubilee Park, Blackheath. Contact Judy on 4787 7770 for more information.

Blue Mountains Bush Care – Various locations over the Blue Mountains. Contact Erin on 4780 5528 for more information.

Leisure Centres – Blue Mountains residents also have access to five public leisure centres (Katoomba, Springwood, Glenbrook, Lawson and Blackheath) which run a range of programs throughout the year. Visit to learn about their current programs.



Gyms in Parks - Fairfield City Council has been busy installing gyms in parks. There are now 10 outdoor gyms across the LGA. Council also offers a regular 6 week Gyms in Parks fitness program run by trained fitness instructors. The program is designed to ensure equipment is being used safely and efficiently as well as providing residents with tips on how to keep healthy and active.

Parkour - A specialist parkour and street-workout training area, designed in consultation with local parkour practitioners. Located at Emerson Street Reserve, Wetherill Park. Fairfield is considered the hub of parkour in Sydney.

Walking and cycling - A number of walking and cycling circuits are located across the Fairfield LGA, including 90km of shared cycleway and walking path. Bicycles are available to community members for loan, free of charge. Residents who would like to borrow a bicycle need to pay a oneoff fee of $25, and will receive a high-quality helmet to keep.

Go4Fun - Fairfield City Council in partnership with the South Western Sydney local Health District, promotes the Go4Fun program. The program aims improve healthy lifestyle behaviours to children though education and encouragement of healthy behaviours and attitudes towards food and exercise.

For further information on any of these programs please contact Fairfield City Council on 9725 0222.



Outdoor Gyms – Ham Common between East Richmond and Clarendon is a popular walking trail. Outdoor gym equipment can be found along the route including a number of wheelchair accessible exercise stations.

Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre – The newly completed Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre in Richmond CBD, offers a range of fitness classes and activities for seniors. Contact Julie on 4578 2070 for further information.

Bush walking – The Hawkesbury area has a number of National Parks that area ready to be explored including Wollemi National Park, Yengo National Park, Dharug National Park, Scheyville National Park and Cattai National Park. Contact the Hawkesbury Visitors Centre on 02 4560 4620 or visit for more information on walks in the local area.


Walking groups - There are a number of walking groups operating in the Holroyd area including:

Holroyd Sports Ground Walk, 7.30am Saturday, Granville.

Merrylands East Primary School, 9am Thursdays and Fridays, Merrylands.

Stockland Merrylands, 8am Tuesday and 7.45am Thursday, Merrylands.

Merry Walkers, 9.30am Tuesday and 9am Thursday, King Park, Merrylands.

For more information or to create your own walking group visit


Live Life Get Active - Liverpool’s Live Life Get Active program provides free physical activity sessions which cater to suit a range of people and lifestyles in Bigge Park, Liverpool.

Cross training – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (12.15pm – 1pm), Wednesdays and Thursdays (1pm to 1.45pm)

Boxing – Monday and Fridays (1pm - 1.45pm)

Yoga – Tuesdays (12.15pm - 1pm and 1pm - 1.45pm) and Thursdays (12.15pm – 1pm).

To find out more and register visit

Go4Fun – Go4Fun is a healthy lifestyle program for children aged 7-13 years who are above their healthy weight. The program is run after-school during the school term and is free for eligible families. Free call 1800 780 900, or register online at 

Bike riding – Liverpool’s bicycle user group Bike Liverpool rungs a number of rides in the local area. Visit for more information.


Go4Fun – A free healthy living program for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 - 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living. Free call 1800 780 900, or register online at                

Healthy Generations Free 8-Week Boot Camp – 12.15 – 1.00pm Tuesdays, River Foreshore near Barry Wilde Bridge, Parramatta. Call 9806 5050 for more information.

Over 55s Leisure and Learning Service Membership – For a small fee over 55s have access to a range of activities including yoga, tai chi, line dancing, walking, Zumba gold and strength and balance training. Contact Jane Mackey on 9806 5018 for more information. 

Walking – Parramatta has a number of short walks including The Ponds Walk, Terrys Creek Walk and Lake Parramatta Reserve. If you would like to join a regular walking group visit the  

Parramatta Pool Swim sessions - Parramatta Pools, O'Connell St, Tuesday and Thursday. Time: 12:15pm - 13:00pm. Cost: $8pp. For more information call (02) 9630 3669. 

Lunch time Tennis Courts  P H Jeffrey Reserve Tennis Court, Barton Street, North Parramatta, Monday to Friday. Time: 12 - 2pm Cost: Half price rates from $10-12 p/h. For more information call (02) 9683 1703

Team Sports Mixed Soccer or Rugby Kings Oval, Parramatta Park, Tuesdays. Cost: $550 per team for a 10 week term. For more information call 1300 132 921 or visit  


Outdoor Gyms – There are 10 outdoor gyms scattered across Penrith. To learn how to use this equipment correctly drop in for a demonstration 10am, 22 April at Jamison Park. For further information or to book call Rosie Smith on 4732 8244.

Walking – Penrith has a number of dedicated walking paths across the city for residents to enjoy. A number of regular walking groups also run in the Penrith area at St Clair, Colyton, South Penrith and Waterside. Various times and days. Call Monique for details 4732 7523.

Healthy eating – In addition to active living programs, Penrith City Council is also working with local food vendors to encourage the use of healthier oils, facilitating the Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It program, and supports parents that attend council’s Mobile Playvan with quick and easy recipe cards.




Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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