The winners of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards 2017 were announced on 7 December 2017.
Top honours – the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year – went to the YMCA Playnasium, a unique gym developed by Bayly Group in collaboration with marketing agency McCann and the YMCA that combines children’s playground favourites (see-saws and swings) with adult exercise equipment. The innovative design uses the child’s weight to help generate the parent’s workout – and the parent’s workout powers the child’s ride.
In Australia, 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese, and few have healthy role models. The problem is cyclical. Parents who find time to get to the gym can’t take their kids. So, the YMCA chose to do something about it.
The YMCA Playnasium is an innovation in gym and play equipment allowing parents to use their child’s weight as exercise weights – so they can work out whilst spending quality time with their kids. Installed in parks across Australia, the YMCA Playnasium helps parents become healthier role models, encourages children to exercise before they are even old enough to exercise.