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Minister tells veterans to "get up and go"

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Media Release

The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa


19 February, 1999




It’s time for veterans to “get up and go”, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott ur ged today.


He was referring to the message in the Active Australia — International Year of Older Persons media campaign launched by the Prime Minister at Parliament House. The campaign encourages older people to take exercise regularly, not seriously, and reap the rewards.


Mr Scott encouraged ex-service organisations to be innovative in organising physical activity for members.


“We would all benefit from moderate exercise for 30 minutes, most days of the week.

Your local gym may have programs for the over 50s similar to one set up by the Ulladulla Legacy group in New South Wales and the Woden Valley RSL in Canberra,” he said.


“The Mt Isa RSL group in Queensland uses their local gym in the hotter months but undertakes other activities outside such as bushwalking when the weather is cooler.


“I challenge all veterans to find interesting and satisfying ways to get some regular exercise. It’s never too late to take up physical activity and derive the benefits.


“All Australians — no matter how limited their mobility - can benefit from regular, gentle physical activity,” Mr Scott said.


“If the idea of an organised program doesn’t appeal, a regular walk with friends and family can be equally beneficial.”


The Active Australia initiative involves the Commonwealth Departments of Veterans’

Affairs and Health and Aged Care, the Australian Sports Commission and several

State Governments.


Media contact: Michael Priebe (02) 6277 7820 or 0418 482 514