Alternate leisure settings are defined as:
The Alternate Leisure Initiative will help your setting to strengthen your health and wellbeing practices and create healthier environments. It will help you look at all areas of your setting and how these can be changed to improve the health and wellbeing for everyone who visits.
We recognise that, as an alternate leisure setting, you are already encouraging physical activity and social connection. The Alternative Leisure Initiative focuses on improving environments for healthy eating and inclusion, and being involved will help more people access the benefits of your setting.
The Alternate Leisure Initiative is currently in a pilot phase in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and Cardinia Shire Council during 2022-23.
In addition to improving health and wellbeing of your employees and community, there are a number of other benefits:
The Alternate Leisure Initiative has been created through an ethics approved research project which used co-design and design thinking principles, titled ‘Exploring Alternate Leisure settings as a place-based health promotion approach’.
The research project showed that alternate leisure settings supported people’s social, physical and mental health and wellbeing. The final Alternate Leisure Initiative has been created based on community needs.
Alternate leisure settings can work through the initiative at your own pace in a step by step process, while receiving expert, local-level support. There is a commitment stage to start actioning health and wellbeing practices, followed by two health areas to work through, healthy eating and inclusion.
If you identify your workplace as an alternate leisure setting then contact us to register your interest. We will then organise a time to meet with you to further explain how to get started.
By working through The Alternate Leisure Initiative you can be formally recognised as a healthy alternate leisure setting in your community!