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Active Living for All: Liftout Summary

 

The Active Living for All: Liftout Summary is a quick reference guide (A3 size) that accompanies Active Living for All: A Framework for Physical Activity in Western Australia 2012 - 2016. The liftout outlines the vision, mission, priorities and strategies for action by sector (e.g. planning and health) and setting (e.g. school and the workplace) in activating people and places.

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The full report  Active Living for All: A Framework for Physical Activity in Western Australia 2012 - 2016 is also available online.

Vision

For Western Australia to be the most active state in Australia

Mission

To improve the overall health, wellbeing and quality of life of individuals, families and communities in Western Australia through increasing active living opportunities for all

Priorities

  1. To strengthen public policy
  2. To increase research into practice
  3. To provide appropriate environments and programs
  4. To increase public motivation and understanding
  5. To promote partnerships

Outcomes

Active Places

Well planned and designed environments that support, encourage and enable active living

Active People

Initiatives that promote positive behaviour change and opportunities to participate in active lifestyles

Key Objectives

  • Embed active living principles in relevant planning legislation, policy and guidelines that support the development of compact, connected and conducive environments to facilitate and encourage active lifestyles.
  • Plan and design compact developments with access to local services, facilities and amenities through mixed land-use and intensity that encourages incidental physical activity.
  • Plan and design connected communities with well connected streets and neighbourhoods providing direct quality routes that encourage active transport.
  • Plan and design environments conducive to physical activity through the development of safe, adequate and multi-functional public open spaces, and the provision of facilities and infrastructure that supports play, recreation and sport. 
  • Develop an integrated transport and urban planning system that facilitates active transport opportunities and creates safe quality environments for walking and cycling.
  • Ensure the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities is central to the planning and design of neighbourhoods.

Key Objectives

  • Promote and encourage active lifestyles and behaviour change through information, education and awareness raising strategies.
  • Ensure statewide healthy lifestyle campaigns and strategies promote and reinforce the importance of
    active living messages.
  • Integrate active living principles into policy planning and ensure that community profile and need is reflected.
  • Consult and engage with the community in decision-making and planning opportunities for an active lifestyle.
  • Strengthen the role of primary health care in encouraging and promoting physical activity to support healthy and active lifestyles as part of a preventative health approach.
  • Provide a diverse range of opportunities that encourage participation and ensure local access to affordable active living programs, particularly targeted at specific population groups.
  • Support early childhood and care centres, schools, workplaces and community settings to encourage active living opportunities.

Key Strategies

  • Early planning of key neighbourhood destination points e.g. shops and services 
  • Access to local amenities, services and facilities
  • Convenient location of community facilities
  • Availability of accessible and adequate public transport
  • Prioritisation of pedestrians and cyclists over motorists
  • Provision of shared use paths
  • Connected street networks
  • Adequate pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and end of trip facilities
  • Adequate and multi-functional public open space
  • Aesthetic design of streetscape and infrastructure
  • Management of traffic volume and speed
  • Safe road crossings
  • Adoption of design out crime principles
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Responsible use and access to the natural environment 
  • Application of disability access and inclusion plans for developments and facilities

 

Key Strategies
  • Delivery of evidence-based behaviour change programs
  • Campaigns incorporate active living messages
  • Accessible public information and education provision
  • Use of health impact assessment processes
  • Physical activity promotion in primary health care practices
  • Community profiling, consultation and engagement practices adopted
  • Programs tailored to targeted population groups
  • Diversity of activities considered
  • Adoption of  ‘count me in’ disability principles
  • Affordable activities provided
  • Active play opportunities provided in early childhood and care settings
  • Whole of school approaches adopted to implement school physical activity policy
  • Workplace physical activity policies and initiatives in place
  • Access to diverse local sport and recreation opportunities
  • Identification and promotion of community champions

Headline Indicators*

  • Prevalence of incidental physical activity
  • Facilities/infrastructure used to be active
  • Proportion undertaking walking/cycling trips
  • Environmental supports for being active e.g. perceptions of neighbourhood
  • Proportion of workplaces providing facilities to support physical activity
  • Active commuting to local destinations

Headline Indicators*

  • Prevalence of participation in physical activity
  • Readiness to be more physically active
  • Barriers and facilitators to active commuting
  • Types of activities engaged in
  • Prevalence of active commuting
  • Pedometer steps
  • Amount of time spent in sedentary behaviour
  • Awareness/comprehension of advertising messages
  • Physical activity trends in relation to body size
  • Proportion being physically active at their workplace

* Sourced from the Physical Activity Levels of Western Australian Adults Survey and the Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey commissioned by the Physical Activity Taskforce, WA

 

Active Living for All: Strategies for Action 

     

    State Government

    • Advocate the value of active living through policy and practice
    • Strengthen workforce understanding of the benefits of active living
    • Ensure active living principles are embedded in all relevant legislation, policies and strategies
    • Promote policies and programs that encourage physical activity within early child and care centres, schools, workplaces and community settings
    • Work in partnership with local government, non-government and industry sectors to deliver active living outcomes for the community
    • Facilitate physical activity through good urban planning and design – adopt the national Healthy Spaces and Places planning guidelines* (WA version in development)
    • Plan for mixed land-use – residential development, shops, employment, community and recreation facilities, parks and open spaces that meet the needs of the local community and encourage the use of shared facilities
    • Provide well lit suburbs with attractive parks and amenities and ensure access to multi-functional public open spaces
    • Ensure safe transportation and streets and consider street connectivity and ease of travel between households, schools, shops, public places and employment
    • Work with researchers to inform future policy and practice
    • Identify and promote best practice active living case studies
    • Strengthen the evidence base to support  local governments to prioritise physical activity 
    • Prioritise investment in policies and programs that promote active living

    Local Government

    • Incorporate physical activity into the council’s strategic direction and all relevant operational areas

    • Adopt a whole of local government approach to physical activity – ensure it is integrated into existing planning and decision making processes
    • Understand the local community profile and engage the community in planning for active lifestyles reflecting need and ensuring intergenerational programming
    • Provide and promote policies and affordable programs that encourage physical activity within schools, workplaces and the community
    • Facilitate physical activity through good urban planning and design – adopt the national Healthy Spaces and Places planning guidelines* (WA version in development)
    • Work in partnership with developers to deliver on public open space and infrastructure requirements that support active living
    • Plan for mixed land-use – residential development, shops, employment, community and recreation facilities, parks and open spaces that meet the needs of the local community and encourage the use of shared facilities 
    • Provide well lit suburbs with attractive parks and amenities and ensure access to multi-functional public open spaces
    • Ensure safe transportation and streets and consider street connectivity and ease of travel between households, schools, shops, public places and employment
    • Consider the attractiveness and quality of footpaths, availability of pedestrian crossings, traffic volume, speed and feelings of safety and security when planning developments and/or neighbourhoods
    • Ensure adequate and sustainable investment to provide active living opportunities for all

    Non Government

    • Advocate the value of physical activity to key decision makers
    • Partner with government and other organisations  to increase and improve active living opportunities for the community
    • Provide and promote policies and programs that encourage physical activity within the community
    • Utilise current data and evidence to target programs and initiatives at ‘at risk’ groups

    Early Childhood & Care Settings**

    • Facilitate exploration of a range of play and movement options
    • Ensure family and child care settings have no impediments to safe activity and play
    • Participate with children in movement and play – role modelling the fun of movement
    • Provide a range of environment changes so activity can take place indoors and out, in parks and in recreation spaces
    • Use research on play and movement to plan experiences
    • Get feedback from the children on what they liked and why
    • Ensure children can enjoy activity and movement with a range of generations and peers who have different  abilities / interests

    School Settings

    • Develop, implement and evaluate school physical activity policies*
    • Adopt a whole of school approach to physical activity – engage staff, students, parents and the wider community
    • Support each student to participate in at least two hours of physical activity each week during class time
    • Prioritise regular, highly active physical education classes
    • Encourage teachers who are well trained, supported and resourced to deliver physical activity
    • Facilitate links between the school and community physical activity programs and amenities
    • Create opportunities for students to engage in structured and unstructured physical activity during recess, lunch time and after school
    • Provide environments and opportunities that encourage active transport to and from school
    • Ensure school design, location and facilities encourage physical activity 
    • Provide sufficient play areas, facilities, sports equipment and supervision during free time
    • Encourage the use of shared facilities and provide community access to school recreation facilities after hours*
    • Work closely with local governments in implementing agreements for sharing the use of facilities

    Workplace Settings

    • Embed active living principles in all relevant strategies  and policies ensuring the health and wellbeing of employees is central
    • Develop and implement a healthy active workplace program in accordance with best practice
    • Access reputable providers to deliver workplace health and wellbeing programs and initiatives tailored to workplace need
    • Support active transport to and from work*
    • Support a work life balance
    • Provide adequate facilities, infrastructure and opportunities that supports employee physical activity

    Community Settings

    • Encourage coaching by well trained and supported coaches, parents and volunteers in sport, recreation and community physical activity
    • Support, encourage and recognise volunteers involved in community sport and recreation
    • Support and strengthen organisations and individuals that provide opportunities for physical activity
    • Provide activities that are affordable and accessible to low participatory groups
    • Provide a diversity of activities that offer both competitive and recreational participation options
    • Create participatory environments that are positive,  safe and welcoming for all

    Advertising & Media

    • Work with government and non government agencies to promote active living through social marketing
    • Raise awareness of the active living agenda and key strategies for action
    • Promote positive stories about the  multiple benefits of active living

    Private Sector

    • Employers – proactively engage employees and the broader community in physical activity
    • Businesses – engage customers through sponsorship of events and local level promotional activity
    • Manufacturers of sports clothing and fitness equipment – actively promote and support physical activity programs and events to benefit from brand exposure and publicity
    • Health Providers – engage customers with advice on physical activity and fitness and encourage increased physical activity through concessions on premiums
    • Fitness Providers – run promotions, provide new programs and trial different events and physical activities for inactive members

    Planners, Developers & Urban Designers

    • Understand and consider the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in all aspects of planning and design
    • Adopt the national Healthy Spaces and Places planning guidelines* (WA version in development)
    • When creating new neighbourhoods consider: street connectivity and ease of travel between households, shops, public places and employment; attractiveness and quality of footpaths; availability of pedestrian crossings; traffic volume, speed and feelings of safety and security
    • Plan for mixed land-use – a mix of residential development, shops, employment, community and recreation facilities, parks and open spaces within walkable catchments
    • Provide well lit suburbs with attractive parks and amenities and ensure access to multi-functional public open spaces
    • Engage and utilise the expertise of other sectors in planning for new neighbourhoods,
      including the health and recreation sectors
    • Work in partnership with local governments to deliver on public open space and infrastructure requirements that support active living

    Health Care

    • Strengthen, up skill and support the primary health care workforce to support people in making healthy lifestyle choices*
    • Embed preventative health interventions in the primary health care setting*
    • Encourage primary health care workers to advise on  physical activity
    • Expand primary health services to deliver or develop referral pathways to advise about physical activity*
    • Broaden health care providers knowledge of physical activity opportunities in the local community

    Academia & Tertiary Education

    • Provide relevant research, evaluation and monitoring with high quality study designs and measures
    • Work in partnership with policy makers to ensure translation of research into future policy and practice
    • Ensure the active living principles are a fundamental learning area across health, education, planning and other relevant courses

     

    *Sourced from the National Preventative Health Strategy

    ** Adapted from the National Quality Standards Framework and Early Years Learning Framework by the WA Department for Communities

     

    Contact Details

    For further information regarding Active Living for All please contact the Department of Sport and Recreation Information Centre.  

    Year published: 2011

     

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