Designing a framework for engaging non-traditional segments in physical activity in natural environments: a pilot project with older persons 65+ at 3 ACT destination sites in Canberra

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This project aims to develop and trial an evidence-based, transferable and scalable framework for engaging statistically less active segments of the ACT population in the daily required physical activity in natural environments. This framework will then provide an ongoing tool for the effective design of programs that motivate non-traditional users of natural environments to undertake physical activity in a range of green spaces. Three ACT destination sites with three different natural settings – the Aboretum, Lanyon Homestead and Tidbinbilla – have partnered to:

(1) provide a broader cross-section of outdoor experience
(2) collaborate on program design to attract population segments not currently engaging with nature in physically active ways
To this end, the project partners have selected ACT older adults (65+) for this pilot project. With UC and Active Canberra, they will collaborate with two older adult groups in Canberra (Woden Seniors and COTA ACT) to co-design and trial the programs.

For this program, the project partners (Arboretum, Lanyon Homestead, Tidbinbilla, Active Canberra and the University of Canberra) will recruit 15 participants from each group (30 in total). (July 2018)

UC occupational therapy and 'play and wellbeing' academics will provide an evidence base for the framework and program design, including surveying participants on their current levels of, and barriers to, physical activity; attitudes to natural environments; models for nature engagement (July-August 2018).

Project partners will conduct two workshops with each participant group (four in total) at the respective community centres to design and deliver the program for the three sites.
Short titleFramework for engaging non-traditional segments in physical activity
Effective start/end date22/06/1830/06/19


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