Health Organization’s (WHO) goal to reduce physical inactivity by 15% by 2030 has
been highlighted in their recent Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
2018-2030. WHO’s plan encourages countries
to increase levels of physical activity through strengthening their response
with evidence-based policy solutions, guidelines and implementation tools.
& Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is urging the Australian Government to
implement preventative health policies that invest in actions that promote
walking, cycling, sport, active recreation and play which promotes community
well-being and quality of life for all.
Exercise Scientists (AES) play a significant role in prevention
and health promotion. However, these solutions to combat physical inactivity
globally, especially in Australia, requires a whole of government approach,”
says Beth Sheehan, ESSA Practice Innovation Advisor.
release of the recent National
Sports Plan by Sport Australia, it’s
encouraging to see that the Australian Government is aware that an increase in
physical activity is needed, but the implementation of a Federal Government
National Physical Activity Action Plan is now vital.”
With 50% of
Australians having at least 1 of 8 common
chronic conditions (cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental health, arthritis,
back pain, lung disease, asthma, diabetes), and 23% having at least 2 or more, $467 million
is spent on health every year – that’s
$19 per person, per day.
causes of death in Australia ranges from
coronary heart disease, to dementia and Alzheimer’s, and lung cancer and lung
disease, most are preventable with exercise assisting in the prevention,
management and treatment for all conditions.
denying the benefits physical activity has on the health and well-being of all
Australians. Physical activity assists in reducing the burden of disease,
mortality and morbidity, and improves social interaction and community networks,”
explains Ms Sheehan.
assists with the prevention of risk factors for chronic disease – 32% of
Australia’s total burden of disease is attributed to
modifiable risk factor. Physical activity also increases endorphin release,
improves mental health and can prevent or reduce the impact of mental health
conditions, as well as reducing stress and anxiety.
Accredited Exercise Scientist provides an evidence based practice approach to
exercise and promotes and delivers individualised exercise programs to assist
in preventing risk factors of chronic disease and promoting health.”
of Accredited Exercise Scientists will be best placed in environments and work
places such as active transport, corporate health, health promotion, community
health projects, but the Australian Government has an important role to play in
initiating support to implement these community partnerships.”
The ESSA for an
Active Nation campaign is therefore calling on the Federal Government, as well as state and
local governments, to commit to building a nation where everyone is supported
to be active.
“Too often the blame for inactivity is levelled at the individual. This
is unfair. ESSA have launched the Active Nation campaign to get physical
activity and exercise higher up on the government’s agenda and promote the
benefits of the general public working with Accredited Exercise Scientists for prevention and health promotion,” adds Ms Sheehan.
To find out more about the ESSA for an Active Nation campaign, click here.
To get in contact with your local Accredited Exercise Scientist, click here.