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Page updated: 03 May 2012

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Updated: 03 May 2012

Physical Activity Settings

 

There are many opportunities for you to be active in your work, school, community, or home. Check out the below links for ways you can find an activity that suits you.

 

Community

There are many opportunities to be active in your community.

Your local government provides services which you can access, and there are also many sporting and recreation clubs you can join.

 

Home

The influence of those we live with can impact on our physical activity levels and the development of lifelong habits.

Modelling of active behaviour by parents or caregivers and the availability of support, encouragement, transport and financial resources can all impact on the family's level of involvement in physical activity.

To be healthy and active, mums, dads and kids all need physical activity every day. Your continuing health and wellbeing depends on it and so does the growth and development of your children.

An active lifestyle means a healthier, happier family.

 

School

It is recommended that children should take part in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity everyday. With children spending a majority of time at school, schools and after school care become a critical setting for intervention.

The Physical Activity Taskforce undertook research into children’s physical activity levels, as well as supporting the Department of Education in a number of initiatives including policy, curriculum support materials and professional development for teachers.

  • For more information on how physical activity is supported in schools visit the Department of Education website.
  • The Physical Activity Taskforce, in collaboration with the Department of Transport, the National Heart Foundation (WA) and the Department of Education has produced a Year K-7 teacher Choose Active Transport resource to foster more active transport use at schools.
  • The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) - Recreation Camps has produced The 4th R resource package which aims to provide guidance for educators coming on camp. Program resource sheets can be found within this resource, which will assist educators in choosing from the diverse range of programs on offer. Each program resource sheet provides important information regarding DSR programs, including their links to the Western Australian Curriculum Framework.
  • The Department of Education, with support from the Physical Activity Taskforce, has recently released a booklet titled Eat Well - Play Well: A Guide For Parents. This booklet is written specifically for parents of children aged three to six years. It has practical tips on how you can incorporate exciting activities and wholesome foods into your children’s daily routines. Children soon learn that not only is living healthily good for them, but it is also fun.
  • The Department of Education and Physical Activity Taskforce co-developed the It's Your Move brochure to assist schools in understanding how they can support students to develop the knowledge, skills and habits for lifelong healthy and active living.
  • The Physical Activity Taskforce has compiled a  2012 information kit and calendar of physical activity promotion activities and programs for schools. The kit and calendar are intended to assist schools in planning 2012 physical activity programs, events and professional development for staff, to help them in providing the mandatory two hours of physical activity per week for students in years 1-10.

 

Workplace

Finding ways to include physical activity in the workday is the most practical way for many adults to become more active.

Most adults spend half their waking hours at work and for a large number of people these hours can be sedentary.

  • Healthy Active Workplaces is an initiative of the Physical Activity Taskforce and the Department of Sport and Recreation to strengthen the contribution the workplace can make to support the health and wellbeing of Western Australians.
  • The TravelSmart Workplace Program is an initiative of the Departments of Transport and Environment and Conservation. TravelSmart Workplace is a program supporting workplaces to enable and encourage their employees and clients to use travel alternatives.