Physical activity

Physical fitness


The relationship between health risk factors and the neighbourhood environment

Our neighbourhood environment influences our health by supporting or hindering our opportunities to engage in physical activity, access nutritious foods and commute to work. This report explores whether the selected factors in the neighbourhood environment are associated with socio-economic disadvantage and obesity, physical inactivity, insufficient...
Conference paper

Weight centrism in research on children’s active transport – time for a paradigm shift

This paper explains the concept of weight-centrism, including the science that questions the link between weight and disease. Using a review of 112 studies on children’s active school transport, it explores and problematises expressions of weight-centrism in urbanism research.

This girl can – Victoria: year 4 campaign report (2021)

VicHealth has encouraged and motivated women right across the state to become more active, through 4 years of this behaviour-change campaign. This report outlines how women responded to the ‘new normal’ during the coronavirus pandemic, with over 340,000 women inspired to get active at home...

Childhood overweight and obesity: the impact of the home environment

Parenting practices, styles and modelling of behaviour influence their children’s dietary intake, movement and health behaviours. This report looks at how nutrition, movement, psychological health, surrounding environmental factors and socioeconomic factors influence childhood overweight and obesity within the home environment.

This girl can – Victoria: year 3 campaign report (2020)

This Girl Can – Victoria is shifting the way women see themselves (and others) being physically active and building a community of supportive and empowered women across Victoria.

Sport participation in Victoria, 2018 Research summary Part 1: Key findings at a glance

This summary outlines key findings and insights into community sport participation in Victoria across ten popular sports. Now in its fourth year, this research, conducted jointly by VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria, compares participation across age, sex and region in 2018 and compared to...
Briefing paper

Count me in: research summary

Participation in sport is an important way to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of young people. However, research by the University of Melbourne shows that young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are missing out on the benefits of sport.

Sport participation in Victoria, 2018 Research summary Part 2: Discussion of key findings

This report provides further discussion and recommendations from research into community sport participation in Victoria across ten popular sports.

Tips for clubs and community programs seeking to increase migrant and refugee community participation in sport

The tips outlined in this guide come from the University of Melbourne’s 'Count Me In' program, which was very successful in getting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to participate in sport.

Developing a consensus statement on healthy eating and active living: VicHealth guide to best practice

There’s an urgent need for the government and health organisations to collaborate and turn the tide on childhood obesity. In response, VicHealth convened a roundtable of nine key organisations in 2017 to develop a consensus statement on healthy eating and active living.
Journal article

Barriers and facilitators of sport and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents: a mixed studies systematic review

This review aims to combine existing literature regarding barriers and facilitators to physical activity and sports participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Disability plan: play, active recreation and sport

The release of the plan follows the launch of Sport NZ’s new 12-year strategic direction and vision – Every Body Active – that seeks to ensure all New Zealanders have access to quality experiences, particularly those groups missing out.

Doing sport differently: designing and delivering sport to engage people who are less active

This document is part of a series that aims to help the sporting sector ‘do sport differently’ to attract, engage and retain Victorians who are less active in sport.
Fact sheet

The benefits of walking: a research summary

This research summary draws on the latest data on the benefits of walking for physical health, and mental and social wellbeing; as well as for the economy and environment. This summary is intended for people working in local government and community health organisations to support...
Journal article

Challenges for sport organisations developing and delivering non‐traditional social sport products for insufficiently active populations

This article explores the challenges that Victorian sporting organisations experience when developing, delivering or scaling non‐traditional social sport products to engage insufficiently active people.
Journal article

Ethnic‐specific suggestions for physical activity based on existing recreational physical activity preferences of New Zealand women

This research examined recreational physical activities of New Zealand women, in an attempt to develop ethnic‐specific suggestions encouraging physical activity (PA) participation as a targeted approach to reduce obesity rates.

Physical activity during pregnancy 2011–12

Currently, little is known about what types of physical activity pregnant women undertake in Australia. This short report investigates the types and amount of physical activity undertaken by women during pregnancy, with comparisons made between pregnant and non-pregnant women of the same age, and against...
Policy report

Policy briefs from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

This major report provides policy briefs on major topics for women’s health and wellbeing. It draws on an array of ALSWH research work undertaken over the past decade that has been published with peer review and that provides sufficient evidence to warrant a series of...
Journal article

Associations between the home yard and preschoolers’ outdoor play and physical activity

Young children’s outdoor play mostly occurs within the home-yard space, yet the influence of the home yard on preschoolers’ outdoor play and physical activity is poorly understood. We investigated the relationships between home-yard features and home-based outdoor play and physical activity in preschoolers (2–5 years...
Journal article

Using Photovoice to examine physical activity in the urban context and generate policy recommendations: the Heart Healthy Hoods study

A current challenge in physical activity research is engaging citizens with co-creating policies that support physical activity participation. Using Photovoice, a participatory action research method, the objectives of this study were to: