Even though snow has dusted Canberra and winter has its grips on us, it’s still important to get out and about and be active, no matter what the weather.

I’ve been going for my early morning walks around the Town Centre or Yerrabi Pond or finding some good exercise videos on YouTube for the colder morning. Early mornings are the only times I can find time these days, and all the experts say even if it’s only 20 minutes its better than 0 minutes!

And over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of unveiling a range of initiatives that are designed to keep Canberrans moving and to lead full and healthy lives.

In the heart of Yerrabi, an innovative approach to student lifestyles had led to Anytime Fitness Gungahlin offering Gungahlin College students free monthly memberships to their gym, with personal training classes included. One student each month is selected and the aim is to increase self-esteem and self-confidence of students.

Gungahlin College students with Anytime Fitness personal trainers and Meegan.

I love enjoying the outdoors in Canberra and last week it was great to award the winners of a competition that combined cycling and art.

The four winning designs of a bike rack competition, which aims to brighten our streetscapes, were fantastic and you’ll see their designs popping up at locations across the city.

You’ll also find some new fitness equipment at Yerrabi Pond District Park that is accessible to everyone. It includes a cool function that means you can scan the QR code on the equipment to access an instructional video of how to use it.

I’ll be at Yerrabi Pond this Friday morning trying it out but if you can’t be there, I’ll have my mobile office at the following locations:

• Thursday 21 July, 6-7.30pm – Forde Shops
• Friday 22 July, 9-10.30am – Casey Market Town