Healthy Communities - Active Living
What is active living?
Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. This can be achieved in many different ways. It’s easy to be active! The Healthy Communities team works to improve Active Living in our region in these areas:
Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure (World Health Organization, 2020). Physical activity refers to all movement such as planned activities and exercise occurring in leisure time. It also includes unplanned or incidental physical activity, which is any form of movement that you do as a part of daily living at home, work or school, such as housework, walking for transport, play activities and using the stairs.
Active travel is a mode of transport which involves physical activity such as walking or riding a bike to get from one destination to another. Active Travel is all about leaving the car at home when travelling to and from the places we live, work, learn, visit and play. Using more active modes of travel is not only great for our physical and mental health, but also benefits the health of the environment by reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.
Support active living environments
The environments that we live, work, learn and play within can impact greatly on how physically active we are. Creating places where opportunities to move more are encouraged leads to more healthy lifestyles.
Why is Active Living important?
Active people are healthier people. Physical activity has significant health benefits for hearts, bodies and minds. Moving more doesn’t only benefit our physical fitness and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer; moving more also protects and improves our mental wellbeing. That’s why the Healthy Communities team want to see more people moving!
The Facts and Figures about Active Living
Working with our community to increase active living
The Healthy Communities team work to support active lifestyles with projects aimed at all stages of life. These actions align with the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing plan 2019-2023, and regional council plans. We are working with other agencies and our community to increase active living for young people, women and workers in the G21 region.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 10 January 2023