Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians: Scientific Background Report
Over the last 30 years there has been a growing recognition that physical activity provides a health benefit. There is strong consistent epidemiological evidence linking a wide range of important health and social benefits to participation in regular moderate-intensity physical activity.
Recognition of obesity and overweight as a growing problem in Australia led to the appointment of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Working Party on the Prevention of Obesity in 1995. Following the recommendations of the Working Party, the NHMRC published a Strategic Plan in March 1997, called Acting on Australia's weight. The goal of Acting on Australia's weight is to prevent further weight gain in adults, eventually reduce the proportion of the adult population that is overweight or obese and ensure the healthy growth of children.
If you are having difficulty downloading the PDF document(s) please email email@example.com and we will arrange for an alternative format or a copy to be sent to you.
When accessing large documents (over 500 KB in size), it is recommended that the following procedure be used:
- Click the link with the RIGHT mouse button
- Choose "Save Target As.../Save Link As..." depending on your browser
- Select an appropriate folder on a local drive to place the downloaded file
Attempting to open large documents within the browser window (by left-clicking)
may inhibit your ability to continue browsing while the document is
opening and/or lead to system problems.
To view PDF (Portable Document Format) documents, you will need to have a PDF reader installed on your computer. A number of PDF readers are available through the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Web Guide website.