VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to get moving and increase their physical activity, with $200,000 in funding available nationally to assist community groups and ex-service organisations with planning and hosting Veterans’ Health Week events in October 2021.
This year’s theme for Veterans’ Health Week will be ‘Get moving’ and the veteran community is encouraged to plan early for their events this year.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said physical activity was one of the most important contributors to a person’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, and was even more important due to the challenges faced in the past 15 months with COVID-19.
“While the world has adjusted to the new normal for social events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important we remember to stay active, and get our bodies moving,” Mr Chester said.
“Whether it’s running or rowing, golf, aqua-aerobics, a bush walk or even fishing, keeping our bodies and minds active plays an important part in living and ageing well.
“These activities also allow the veteran and ex-serving community to build on last year’s theme of social connection by sharing time with others and connecting with family and friends or by joining a local club or sporting group.
“Involving yourself in community activities through meaningful connections and physical activity can often be the very thing that contributes to a greater sense of wellbeing.
“I encourage veterans and their families to look out for a Veterans’ Health Week event hosted in their community, and to stay safe and get moving.”
Veterans’ Health Week will be held from Saturday, 16 October to Sunday, 24 October 2021 and ex- service and community groups are encouraged to get creative and apply for $720 in funding to support their activities.
With COVID-19 restrictions continuing in some jurisdictions, event organisers should seek advice about what restrictions apply to their state or territory, and plan accordingly. Event organisers can contact their local DVA community support advisers if they are unsure of what type of events would be suitable during this time.