Who is being active in Western Australia?

According to the Health and Wellbeing Survey of Adults in Western Australia 2015, 64% of Western Australians aged 18 and over should complete at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

For children 5 to 12 years, Australian guidelines (external site) recommend:

  • accumulate at least 60 minutes every day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity
  • physical activity should include a variety of aerobic activities, including some vigorous intensity activity
  • on at least three days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone.

Only 44% of WA children aged 5 to 15 years reached the recommended levels of physical activity.

Many adults and children are also spending too much time being sedentary, with:

  • 43% of Western Australian adults said they spent most of their day sitting
  • over one third of children aged 5 to 15 years exceeded the age-related recommendations for electronic media use.

Planning for active living

Communities can adopt healthy design principles (external site) helping people who work in:
  • town planning, development and design
  • transport
  • community development 
  • sport and recreation
  • health
to support active living.