Let this newsletter be a little nudge to get up and move about! 
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Wendy Gillett, CEO Bluearth Foundation
The Australian Government and other health organisations are investing a lot of money and efforts into ensuring that we all understand that we need 30 minutes of exercise a day.  Guidelines are good but the latest health statistics show that we aren’t listening – two thirds of adults and one third of children are not meeting these guidelines.  There is a growing movement that we need to shift our way of thinking about how we get people to move more and sit less?  And it is all about how we feel.  
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Could technology be a solution to our sedentary lives?

Screen-based technology is seen as a large contributor to our increasingly sedentary lives. But as the Pokémon Go phenomenon shows no signs of abating, health professionals and researchers are starting to question whether tablets and smart phones could hold the key to getting people moving more and sitting less.
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Haven't completed the survey yet? Let us know how your workplace encourages staff to move more and sit less - stand up and complete our quick survey now!
Challenge yourself this Walktober 
Sign up to the Walktober Challenge and step out for kids' health. Our Active Leadership Program is creating a generation of students who are inspiring their peers and community to be more active. We want to reach more schools and deliver this important program to more students across the country.

Our virtual challenge will walk 15,598km through eight of our school communities across Australia.We're aiming to raise $30,000 to develop more resources to expand our student leadership program.

Visit the Walktober website and see how easy it is to sign up to the challenge. Together we can create an active nation.

World TAFISA Games 

A delegation of Bluearth staff has been invited to take part in the sixth TAFISA Sport for all Games, this October in Jakarta. TAFISA -  The International Association for International Sport for All - shares a similar philosophy to Bluearth: to bring joy, health, social interaction, integration and development to communities and citizens around the globe through the promotion of Sport for All and physical activity.

The Bluearth staff will be part of 12,000 athletes and health professionals that will be part of the TAFISA Games. Athletes will compete in events including martial arts, dance, extreme sports and Australian Rules, while health professionals, including Bluearth representatives, will present and participate in a Let's Move and Be Active seminar and a global forum on active cities. 


PilatesITC: creating an active nation 
PilatesITC has taken the Move More Sit Less pledge to embed a positive movement culture in its workplace and is supporting Bluearth through other fundraising initiatives. We love their creativity in devising programs that encourage people of all ages to move more, and help crate an active nation.

PilatesITC has introduced Pilates Playground, which encourages creative movement in young children through fun activities and exercises as a way of educating young people about the benefits of living healthy, active lives. The program was devised from 'Pilates for youth' by pediatric expert and Pilates instructor, Dawn-Marie Ickes. 

Take a trip to Hong Kong this October and be part of Walk21HK - the 17th annual conference on walking and liveable communities. It's open to anyone passionate about exploring ways to encourage more physical activity at a community level.Learn how pedestrian-first environments encourage economic growth, social inclusion and health and wellbeing. Learn about emerging trends, build networks and have an impact on local policy agendas. It's not too late to sign up! Visit the Walk21HK website for more information and to register. 
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