Active April boosts hospital staff

Latrobe Regional Hospital is vying to be one of the region’s most active workplaces this month by taking part in the Premier’s Active April campaign.

The program encourages Victorians to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity each day for the 30 days of April.

LRH clinical, administrative and domestic services staff launched the program with some fun and games after a healthy gourmet salad and smoothie buffet.

Staff formed teams to challenge each other in a game of tug-of-war, took part in Pilates classes and signed up for discounts offered by local gyms.

LRH support services general manager Stewart Harper said it was a great way to encourage staff to look after themselves and get the right messages out to the wider community.

“Sometimes we need to connect with staff about health and well-being. Sometimes people who work in a hospital do not take care of their own health,” he said.

“We adopt Active April to look after our staff. As a hospital, we embody the ethos of health and well-being.”

Mr Harper said activities would continue all month with mindfulness classes and walk-to-work days to track how many hours staff clocked up.

Locals and workplace teams can register with Active April and receive free passes and discounts to local sporting facilities and attractions.

A personalised “My Local” feature on the website will help Gippslanders find local activities, events and offers within the community.

To register, go to or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Registrations are open until April 30.