The Get Active Program, commonly referred to as GAP is a statewide initiative that promotes involvement in physical activity and encourages its participants to consider important issues that directly relate to their health and wellbeing.
Participants take part in a 10-week series of 2-hour workshops, the first hour of which covers such issues as motivation, stress management, self-esteem, nutrition and goal setting.
The second hour is spent on fun physical activities which the group itself chooses. Activities such as Tai Chi, aqua aerobics, bush walking, boxing, yoga, cycling, kayaking, Nordic Walking & Zumba have all been incorporated in Get Active Programs.
The Get Active Program seeks to engage people of all ages who are not currently physically active, and who may have experienced barriers to physical activity such as lack of confidence and motivation, negative body image, concerns about personal safety and who may lack knowledge about the benefits of healthy eating.
The majority of our programs are gender-inclusive though some groups such as women's shelter programs or new dad's groups may be male or female-specific.
Strong Mind | Strong Body
The Strong Mind | Strong Body program is an Aboriginal women’s health program that combines Karate self-defence classes and workshops. It is managed by Womensport and Recreation Tasmania Inc. and is run in partnership with Aboriginal Sport & Recreation, the Australian Karate Federation of Tasmania, and local Aboriginal community groups.
Participants take part in a 6-week series of 1-hour workshops. The first 20-minutes of which covers a weekly topic such as: goal setting, respectful relationships, self-esteem, challenging negative thinking, positive self-talk, motivation, gender equality & your voice, cultural inclusiveness, health & wellbeing, nutrition, hydration, and stress-management. The last 40-minutes is spent participating in a self-defence class.
The program is a new initiative that was launched in 2019.
The Get Active Program has been operating in Tasmania since 2004, and has achieved significant benefits for participants. One of the many strengths of the program is its flexibility to meet different group needs.
For instance, programs have been run for refugee women from different ethnic backgrounds, teenagers, middle-aged, elderly, rural and isolated, and people who have, or are at risk of developing diabetes.
GAP can also be modified to suit any setting - indoor, outdoor or a mixture of both.
Get Active Programs are delivered throughout Tasmania by qualified facilitators who have access to a comprehensive selection of resources. Our facilitators are the face of the program and are the key people that participants have contact with. WSRT provide support to our facilitators long after their training is complete.
A Program Manager is assigned specifically to deliver this support to facilitators and ensure that participants receive a high quality program that meets their needs. Evaluation specific data is collected at the beginning of the program and participants are required to fill in an evaluation form at the conclusion of the program.
Womensport & Recreation Tasmania
Womensport & Recreation Tasmania continues to build relationships with key stakeholders throughout Tasmania including Child & Health Centers, Community Houses, Councils, Mental Health Services, Communities for Children, Rural Primary Health and Mission Australia. In partnership with these organisations we are delivering a program that positively impacts it’s participants by improving confidence and motivation skills.
GAP increases health literacy, promotes connections and awareness within the communities they are held and educates on the importance of a healthy diet.
The 10 week timeframe allows the participants to feel the benefits of consistent participation in physical activity and recreation - a level where they will experience the benefits of participation and choose to sustain this i.e. behaviour change followed by attitude change.
Womensport and Recreation Tasmania receives funding from the Crown, through the Department of Health, to deliver the Get Active Program.