Building a Healthy Active Australia initiativeRegular physical activity and healthy food can make a real difference to the wellbeing of our children. Australian families will get practical help through an $11 million information program on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
The recently launched Get Moving campaign is based on Australia 's physical activity recommendations for Children and Young People. These resources provide information on getting active as well as a range of tips and suggestions for children, teens and parents. The Go for 2&5™ fruit and vegetable campaign, explained how easy it is to find a way to get some extra fruit and vegies in your day. The following link provides information on serves and fruit and vegetables as well as some great suggestions and recipe ideas that will help you include more fruit and vegies in your day. Booklet - It’s easy to find a way to get some extra fruit and vegies in your day (PDF 893 KB)
The Healthy and Active School Communities kit (PDF 281 KB) provides information to assist schools to promote healthy eating and physical activity for primary and secondary school students and their families.
The information in Healthy and Active School Communities is based on the findings of a project undertaken by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Evaluation of Quality Practice in the Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Australian Schools. The project examined national and international literature on good practice in schools in the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity. The project also reviewed a range of Australian primary and secondary schools for quality programs that promote physical activity and healthy eating and identified 16 ‘exemplar' schools. These schools are presented as Case Studies.
The National Obesity TaskforceThe National Obesity Taskforce put its report and a national action agenda for children, young people and their families to Australian Health Ministers in November 2003. Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for Children and Young People and their Families (PDF 259 KB) recommends actions across a range of settings such as child care, schools, primary care, maternal and infant health care, neighbourhoods, workplaces, food supply, family and community services, media and marketing. The focus is on children and young people.
In November 2003, Australian Health Ministers asked the National Obesity Taskforce to lead and coordinate the implementation of Healthy Weight 2008 and to develop further advice on strategies to address obesity in adults and older Australians.
In July 2004, Australian Health Ministers announced a review of the evidence for actions to reduce overweight and obesity in adults and older Australians. This Literature Review was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing on behalf of the National Obesity Taskforce and undertaken by the NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity at Sydney University.
- A Literature Review of the Evidence for Interventions to Address Overweight and Obesity in Adults and Older Australians (with special reference to people living in rural and remote Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) (PDF 352 KB)
- A Literature Review of the Evidence for Interventions to Address Overweight and Obesity in Adults and Older Australians (with special reference to people living in rural and remote Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) (RTF 3.2 MB)
- the whole adult population
- older people
- people living in rural and remote locations
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- people with established risk for weight-related chronic conditions
- National Obesity Taskforce 2004 Overview (PDF 305 KB)
- National Obesity Taskforce 2004 Overview (RTF 731 KB)
- National Obesity Taskforce 2005 Overview (PDF 271 KB)
- National Obesity Taskforce 2005 Overview (RTF 465 KB)
Departmental Nutrition Publications
- Food for Health - Dietary Guidelines for Adults / Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents
- Dietary Guidelines for Older Australians
- The Australian Guide for Healthy Eating
Departmental Physical Activity Publications
- Discussion paper for the development of recommendations for children's and youths' participation in health enhancing physical activity
- Australia's Physical Activity Recommendations for 5-12 year olds (PDF 131 KB)
- Australia's Physical Activity Recommendations for 12-18 year olds (PDF 123 KB)
- National Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults - Brochure (PDF 121 KB)
- Active Australia: Getting Started Book