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Veterans encouraged to stay connected and get moving for better health


Soldier On will host more than 50 activities across the country as part of this year’s Veterans’ Health Week.

Veterans’ Health Week is a Department of Veterans’ Affairs program that aims to generate interest in, and raise awareness around, improving the health and wellbeing of former and current serving Australian Defence Force personnel, their families and carers. Veterans’ Health Week 2021 runs from 16 October to 24 October. This year’s theme, Get Moving, encourages vets and their families to increase physical activity.

With the support of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Soldier On will host various face-to-face and online activities across the country to provide diverse opportunities for movement and social connection for all members of the concerned community, regardless of fitness levels, locations, or restrictions.

From rock climbing to lawn bowls, water sports to virtual cooking classes, there is an activity to suit every member of the veteran community.

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said the Get Moving initiative promotes positive habits that have the potential to improve all aspects of health and wellbeing.

“Physical health is closely connected to our mental health and overall wellbeing. With the effects of COVID-19 restrictions continuing to impact the lives of our veterans, this year’s initiative is a welcomed encouragement to get active and see the ripple affect that physical movement can have on all aspects of life,” Mr Slavich said.

“With a wide range of activities on offer, we encourage the entire Defence family to get involved and stay connected,” Mr Slavich added.

Soldier On’s Veterans’ Health Week activities are funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Soldier On is a not-for-profit veteran support organisation delivering a range of services to enable current and ex-serving veterans and their families to thrive. It is Australia’s only national fully integrated and holistic support services provider for our national service personnel and their families.


Original story from Third Sector Australia. Note: Content has been edited for style and length.

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Nina Alvarez is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel. Her interests include writing, particularly about the healthcare sector and the many ways it can improve to further benefit people from all walks of life.


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