ACTIVE: Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines is calling for entries to the Active Australia Innovation Challenge.
ACTIVE: Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines is calling for entries to the Active Australia Innovation Challenge. Ali Kuchel

Active Australia Innovation Challenge entries are open

THE Active Australia Innovation Challenge is coming up for another year, and the Heart Foundation are already calling for entries.

This is an innovative challenge aiming to help inspire and motivate community members to get moving, and see which ideas work best for implementation.

All entrants of the challenge will be competing to get one of eight grants valued at $10,000 for their community-based projects.

The challenge was originally made due to a severe need for change in Australia's lifestyle habits.

According to the Heart Foundation's Australian Heart Maps, approximately only one in three Queensland adults are active enough for good health.

Additionally, three quarters of seniors and over eight in ten children are not meeting physical activity guidelines, with all statistics showing an increased risk in the development of heart disease.

The Heart Foundation states that heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia, claiming 51 lives a day.

Heart Foundation Queensland's CEO Stephen Vines said the Heart Foundation is committed to turning this situation around.

"Through the Active Australia Innovation Challenge, we want to hear about grass-roots initiatives that will encourage communities to get more active and live a healthier lifestyle,” he said.

"Not everyone wants to join a gym or play organised sport. This challenge is designed to kick-start projects that are innovative, accessible, dynamic and fun.”

According to Mr Vines, last year's inaugural challenge was a huge success.

"A winning initiative was the TAG ON Townsville project to be trialled at Townsville schools, which will use new technology to encourage active travel to and from school,” he said.

"We want to build on that success in the 2019 challenge and cannot wait to hear all the bright ideas from communities across Queensland for new and interesting ways to boost physical activity in their local areas.”

The challenge is open to schools, councils, community groups, organisations and in some cases individuals.

Short-listed applicants will be able to further refine their ideas to pitch to a panel of experts that will decide the eight winners.

Take a look at their website for more information and how to apply.