SHEPPARTON locals are being urged to get moving as new research from health promotion foundation VicHealth shows more than 64 percent of residents do not do enough physical activity during the week to meet recommended guidelines.
VicHealth CEO, Jerril Rechter is calling on the local community to get active to improve their health and mental wellbeing.
“Daily activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our risk of chronic disease and improve our mental wellbeing.
“Yet our research has shown too many Shepparton residents are not getting enough exercise, with only 35 percent of community members exercising on four or more days a week and 20 percent doing no physical activity at all.
“You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to stay healthy and active. Making exercise an easy and enjoyable part of your day by walking to school or work or joining a local sports team is a great way to keep fit.”
Ms Rechter said the research results from Shepparton reflected the concerning levels of physical inactivity across Victoria.
“We know that as a whole Victorians have become more sedentary and this is having a major impact on our health.
“Two in three Victorian adults, and one in four of our children, are overweight or obese, and physical inactivity is one of the top 10 leading risk factors for death worldwide.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. Our research shows that every step really does count, and anything that gets you moving is beneficial to your health.”