Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for children and young people and their families

Guiding principles

Page last updated: 04 July 2011

In developing programs of action special attention should be given to the context and challenges facing young Australians. Actions should:

  • Concentrate on solutions not problems—with a bias for action on health promoting environments.
  • Be long-term and sustainable, recognising that behaviour change is complex, difficult and takes time.
  • Engage the whole community—healthy weight is everybody’s business.
  • Help those most in need and close the health gap between different population groups as a result of geography, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
  • Promote the positive benefits of healthy eating, active living and healthy weight.
  • Reduce stigmatisation and avoid blaming young people, parents or carers.
  • Empower and assist all groups to take action according to their own opportunities and responsibilities.