October 17, 2014

New alliance to promote the prescription of physical activity for better health

Today we announce the National Physical Activity, a group that is committed to reducing Australia’s rate of chronic disease by prescribing physical activity.

Currently,60%of Australian adults don’t get enough exercise to gain a health benefit and more than 63% are overweight or obese.1

“Given physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality2 and physical activity is the second most important factor in disease prevention3, it is important that we encourage and support more Australians to become active” Lauretta Stace, CEO of Fitness Australia and co-chair of the Alliance said.

The Alliance foundation members are: Alzheimer’s Australia, Arthritis Australia, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Cancer Council Australia, Exercise & Sports Science Australia, Fitness Australia, The National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, Lung Foundation Australia, Osteoporosis Australia and the National Stroke Foundation.

“We realise that Australians living with, or at risk of, chronic disease need better access to appropriate, evidence‐based physical activity programs.

“It’s imperative that we start prescribing viable physical activity options to those at risk of, or living with chronic disease,”says Rohan Greenland, General Manager of Advocacy at the Heart Foundation.

The Alliance will work with governments and health professionals to help ensure that evidence‐based programs are accessible and affordable to assist in the prevention and management of chronic conditions for all Australians.

“The Alliance’s objective is to ensure physical activity programs are part of along term health solution for people who are impacted by chronic disease.

The Alliance will work towards establishing clearly defined referral pathways and appropriate economic subsidies for evidence‐based programs across all care settings, including rehabilitation and community based exercise settings,”Ainslie Cahill, CEO of Arthritis Australia and co‐chair of the Alliance.

To achieve optimum health benefits, healthy adults should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular exercise per week, and when combined with two to three times per week of resistance or strength training4 it can improve aerobic capacity, agility,weight and our body strength.

For more information on the National Physical Activity Alliance visit www.npaa.org.au

Read the media release here: 

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