Heading outdoors and getting active this October will not only be good for your physical health, but it could also have important benefits for your mental health.
That's the message from Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, who today launched a busy calendar of events for the start of Outdoors October.
- Busy calendar of events launched for Outdoors October
- Month-long celebration encouraging people to 'go on, get outside'
- State Government contributes $100,000 to the initiative.
"Getting active during Outdoors October is easy – we have an abundance of trails in Western Australia for walking, mountain biking, horse riding and even snorkelling," Ms Davies said.
"Nothing clears the head and calms the mind more than going to the beach, jumping in a canoe, flying a kite or camping in a national park."
The Minister said heading outdoors with family, friends or a like-minded group offered added benefits such as helping people feel connected to nature and to a community.
"The value of being connected to nature cannot be understated," she said. "Not only is getting outdoors good for your fitness, but it's also great for your mental health."
Outdoors October is an initiative between Outdoors WA and the State Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, and encourages active recreation in nature. Outdoor and active recreation groups across the State are planning activities to encourage others to get outside.
Ms Davies said the Government was pleased to contribute $100,000 towards the initiative.
"One of the highlights is the Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) on October 10, which encourages people to spend the night camping under the stars – whether it's on a riverbank, in a national park, local campsite or even in the backyard," she said.
The Department of Sport and Recreation is one of the co-hosts of the annual WA Trails and Outdoor Conference on October 9. Speakers this year include English outdoor expert Martin Chester and Tasmania's Dr Anita Pryor, an authority on bush therapy.