Harry Kewell and the Premier’s goal - get Victorians active!

On Wednesday, Melbourne Heart FC captain Harry Kewell issued a challenge for all Victorians to get active for the Premier’s Active April.

On Wednesday, Melbourne Heart FC captain Harry Kewell issued a challenge for all Victorians to get active for the Premier-s Active April.

Now in its sixth year, Premier-s Active April (formerly Premier-s Active Families Challenge) is part of the Victorian Government-s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often.

“Sixty-one per cent of Victorians are now either overweight or obese so it-s time to convert our passion for sport into actual physical activity," Premier Dr Denis Napthine said.

“This year we want to target every Victorian of any age to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity a day through April, something that everyone can do, and spread the word via social media using #ActiveApril.

Harry Kewell says Active April is a chance for the people of Victoria to step away from their busy lives to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“As a sportsmen and a father, I-m passionate about maintaining my own fitness and teaching my children healthy habits," Kewell said.

“You don-t have to be sporty to participate, but by scheduling 30 minutes of physical activity a day, those who register to be a part of Active April will improve their health and wellbeing, and Active April is absolutely free to join, and offers terrific prizes to reward those who participate."

Kewell isn-t the only famous Victorian taking up the challenge, he-s also been joined by Melbourne Vixen, Bianca Chatfield and former AFL player Tim Watson. These healthy and active Victorians will be signing up themselves and their families for 30 days of physical activity.

Whether it-s walking to school or work, taking the kids to the park, playing backyard cricket or having a hit of tennis at a local club there are plenty of ways to get active together.

Participants can log their daily activity with the new Active April app and chart their progress throughout the month. They will also be sent weekly email tips on being active and healthy eating.

For more information and to register for Premier-s Active April visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/.