We work towards increasing physical activity and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. Our work focuses on improving our environments so they are encouraging and supportive of physical activity through:
- Physical activity policies
- Submissions and advocacy
- Public health programmes
- Professional development
Being physically active can help prevent and manage a wide range of health conditions and diseases, including:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Some cancers including breast and colon
- Overweight and obesity
Our work is supported by the New Zealand Physical Activity Guidelines which recommend:
- Adults should be active for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days a week.
- For additional health benefits or to lose weight, it is recommended to increase the amount or intensity of daily activity.
- Children and young people should be active for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.