City of Knox strategies to help mothers improve fitness
Posted by kathryn in Lifestyle
A follow up to the previous story – the City of Knox has responded to the Melbourne University research. The local council have joined forces with community and health services to try and make it easier for mums to walk more.
Wendy Smith, the Knox City Council’s coordinator of social planning and research, says the research highlighted the dependence of many Knox residents on their cars for short trips around the neighbourhood.
As a result, the Council, working with the community health centre and other agencies, surveyed local mothers at locations such as parks and pre-schools to determine how they are getting out and about, and what stands in the way of their walking.
They also plan an audit of local streets, paths and walking destinations.
One of the key components is the council are working with mothers to develop strategies to overcome the barriers to moving more.