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Physical Inactivity

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The issue

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour is one of the biggest global health issues and increases the risk factor for chronic diseases. Being physically active and limiting sedentary behaviour can:

  • Prevent heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • Improve mental health
  • Assist with weight management 

Having healthy and active workers is also important from a business perspective. Research shows healthy workers can be up to 30% more productive than unhealthy workers and they also take less sick leave. Healthy workers can also be safer workers.


What can your workplace do?

Employers can support workers to be physically active on a regular basis. This can be done in many ways and doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming.  Take a look at our resources and find out how you can encourage and support your workers to be more active throughout the work day:

Healthier Meetings 

For many of us, overly long meetings can be a significant source of sedentary behaviour within a modern workplace environment. Many of us are unaware of the very real harm that sitting too much exposes us to, including a heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes and poor mental and emotional health among other chronic health conditions.  

7 steps to a healthier meeting' is a new resource which provides useful tips and information to help your workplace achieve healthier meetings and tackle sitting less throughout the work day.

Longer term, you should think about creating a policy that sets out your organisation's intentions and commitment to providing a work environment that encourages good health. 

If you are looking to incorporate physical activity into your workplace health and wellbeing program, Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults (18-64 years) provides a great place to start. 

To raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and sitting less in your work day watch our Toolbox video #6: Do more to get more. And, check out the 'Have you heard about? section below to see what programs your workplace coluld get invovled with.


Have you heard about?

  • Get on Track Challenge is a free, online, team-based challenge that uses fun and friendly competition to encourage workers to make healthier choices with physical activity and healthy eating.
  • My Healthy Balance is a free online, educational healthy lifestyle program which encourages and supports healthy behaviour changes related to physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight.
  • TravelSmart is a free workplace initiative to promote active travel and integrating physical activity into your work day.
  • Walking@Work is a free resource designed to help workplaces start a workplace walking group.

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Healthier Workplace WA
c/o The Heart Foundation
334 Rokeby Road
Subiaco WA 6008
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