Participating in regular physical activity is important for your health. Most Australians aren’t getting the physical activity they need. This can shorten life expectancy and increase the risk of heart disease and other non-communicable diseases.
We know that the way our neighbourhoods are designed and built is connected to how much physical activity we do. It’s easier to be active if your local area:
Neighbourhood design can also affect other heart disease risk factors. Our food choices can be influenced by the availability of things like fast food outlets, healthier food sources and community gardens. And environments that support social interaction can improve our mental health.
Decisions about how land is used can affect the health of Australians now, and for many generations to come.
That’s why we’re working with federal, state and local governments to directly influence the urban planning decisions that affect our communities.
Across Australia, we work on projects that support the adoption of healthy design principles in the planning for new and existing neighbourhoods.
Programs we’re involved in:
There are lots of ways you can get involved in making your neighbourhood more active:
Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia, 2014–2017.
Walking can be your regular physical activity that is enjoyable and easy, especially if you are not used to being active. You can join one of our free walking groups or track your progress online.
Find a walking group