Physical activity

Encourage kids to get active in as many ways as possible.Community and Public Health seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our region by supporting the population to become more physically active.

Being physically active helps prevent and manage a wide range of conditions and diseases including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Colon cancer
  • Osteoporosis and
  • Obesity.

The key messages regarding physical activity and health are:

  • Be active every day for at least 30 minutes in as many ways as possible. The recommended time for children is at least 60 minutes.
  • Add some vigorous exercise for extra benefit and fitness.
  • Aim to maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down.

Find out about the health risks of sitting down or being sedentary for long hours (Just

Read the World Health Organisation factsheet on physical inactivity.

Mental Wellbeing and Physical Activity

Physical activity releases the “feel good” chemicals (endorphins) into the body, making you feel better.
Community and Public Health actively promotes the Five Ways for Wellbeing and works with key stakeholders to run the annual Walk 4 Wellbeing during Mental Health Awareness week.

Active Canterbury NetworkCommunity and Public Health is a member of Active Canterbury which lists local groups, clubs or classes for activities and gives information about parks, tracks and facilities. We support this network in its work to:

  • Supply activity providers and health professionals with the tools and information needed to help people get more active, more often.
  • Raise awareness of training and funding opportunities to support physical activity
  • Links with current physical activity and training providers to provide programmes that meet the needs of the community and the fitness industry.

Community and Public Health supports active lifestyles for Canterbury District Health Board staff by promoting activities such as:

  • the Global Corporate Challenge and
  • the annual Christchurch Walking Festival.

We also work to ensure our urban areas are designed to encourage physical activity (active environments) collaboratively with key stakeholders across the region. This includes green spaces, recreational parks and walking trails, and making forms of active transport easier more accessible (e.g. public transport, walking and cycling). This is achieved by voicing our point of view on local and regional planning strategies and initiatives.



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


Contact your local CPH office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

We love out kids. So let's get them moving more than their thumbs: Big Change Starts Small.

Walk, talk and explore the East with AWA Trails

It’s time to get those walking shoes on and discover the AWA Trails project!

Three primary schools and one intermediate school in Christchurch’s Eastern suburbs have designed walking trails around their neighbourhoods to encourage people to get active, connect, and celebrate their communities’ historical, social, ecological and natural treasures.

Find out more about the AWA Trails project on the All Right? website.

Explore AWA Trails (PHY0032).

Page last updated: 09/06/2017

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