Ministry welcomes WHO findings about international physical activity trends

News article

05 September 2018

The Ministry of Health welcomes World Health Organization (WHO) findings about international physical activity trends, which reinforces key messages about the benefits of being regularly physically active.

The WHO has identified a decline in physical activity levels across high income Western Countries – a trend that is seen in New Zealand as fewer people now work in labour intensive occupations and travel by foot and bike.

The Ministry recognises physical activity as an important determinant of health. In New Zealand, around half the adult population does enough physical activity to meet the Ministry’s recommendation of at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity spread throughout the week. 

With the release of the WHO findings today, New Zealanders can use this timely opportunity to think about how to reintroduce regular physical activity back into their lives.

With spring here and longer daylight hours, people should consider being more active for the multiple benefits that it brings. For example, consider going for a walk in nature at lunchtime or in the evening, ride your bike to work, or get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way.

Find out more about the Ministry of Health’s Physical Activity Guidelines which help New Zealanders understand the importance of physical activity.

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