Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle in Wentworth Shire

At Wentworth Shire Council, we are dedicated to providing our community with valuable information on how to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Adopting healthy habits can significantly improve your overall well-being. Here are some key tips, local attractions, and resources to help you get started.

Tips for Staying Active

  1. Regular Exercise: Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. This can include activities like walking, cycling, swimming, or gardening.
  2. Join a Community Group: Participating in local sports clubs, walking groups, or fitness classes can be a great way to stay motivated and meet new people.
  3. Active Travel: Whenever possible, opt for walking or cycling instead of driving. This not only benefits your health but also reduces your carbon footprint.

Tips for Healthy Eating

  1. Balanced Diet: Aim for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid processed foods high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats.
  2. Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating. Use smaller plates and bowls to help manage portions.
  3. Healthy Snacking: Choose nutritious snacks like fruits, nuts, and yoghurt instead of sugary or salty snacks.

Explore Local Attractions

  • Stretch Your Legs: Enjoy the scenic walking trails at the various riverfronts across the Shire or at Junction Park, where the Darling and Murray Rivers meet. These areas offer beautiful views and a peaceful environment for a leisurely walk or brisk hike.
  • Kayaking: Experience the tranquillity of kayaking on the Darling and Murray Rivers. An excellent way to explore the river and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Swimming: Visit the Wentworth Shire Swimming Pools for a refreshing swim. The pool is open to the public and offers a great place to exercise and cool off during the warmer months.
  • Mountain Biking: Join the Coomealla-Mildura Mountainless Bike Club for an exhilarating mountain biking experience. The club offers various trails suitable for different skill levels​
  • Golf: Play a round of golf at the Wentworth Sporting Complex Golf Club or the Coomealla Golf Club. Both clubs feature magnificent greens and picturesque views.
  • Lawn Bowls: Enjoy a game of lawn bowls at the Wentworth Bowls Club located within the Wentworth Sporting Complex. The club offers social bowls sessions and welcomes visitors​.
  • Explore Perry Sandhills: Experience the natural beauty of the Perry Sandhills. This unique landscape offers a great spot for walking, picnicking, and enjoying the sun and sand​.

For more details on local attractions and sporting clubs, visit Experience Wentworth.

Useful Resources

  • Active & Healthy NSW: This website offers a wealth of information on physical activity programs available across NSW, including tips for staying active at home and community-based exercise programs.
  • Make Healthy Normal: Find practical advice and free programs to help you make healthier lifestyle choices. This site provides tips on diet, exercise, and other healthy habits that can be easily integrated into your daily routine.

Mental Health and Well-being

Maintaining mental health is just as important as physical health. Here are some tips and resources to keep your mind healthy:

  1. Stay Connected: Social connections are vital for mental well-being. Make time to connect with family and friends regularly.
  2. Manage Stress: Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to manage stress effectively.
  3. Seek Help: If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Many resources and support services are available to assist you, such as:
    • Beyond Blue: Provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
    • Lifeline: Offers 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
    • Headspace: Provides tailored mental health support to young people aged 12-25.
    • Black Dog Institute: Focuses on mental health research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

By incorporating these tips and utilising the resources available, you can take significant steps towards a healthier, more active lifestyle.