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Regular physical activity is important for good health. Keeping active can help prevent a number of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It can also help prevent dementia, improve mental health and assist to maintain a healthy weight. Doing some physical activity is better than doing none and increasing amounts of physical activity provide greater health benefits.

Sedentary behaviour – time spent sitting or lying down (except for when sleeping) is associated with poorer health outcomes, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. To reduce the health risks from sedentary behaviour, minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting and break up long periods as often as possible.

Want information/tips on how you can be more active and improve your health? 

Get on Track Challenge is a free, online, team-based challenge that uses fun and friendly competition to encourage healthy eating and regular physical activity.

My Healthy Balance is a free, online, educational healthy lifestyle program which supports physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight.

Healthier Workplace WA offers free services to workplaces across Western Australia to help them make changes that support healthy lifestyle behaviours amongst their workers. 

The LiveLighter® campaign aims to encourage Western Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles – to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Visit the website for free tools, tips and recipes.

Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

The Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the levels of physical activity required for good health throughout the various stages of life.
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