Ministry of Health

Quality of Life survey acknowledges Wellington's walkability

The Quality of Life survey, made public today, asked residents in 12 cities to rank their lives in areas including health, crime and safety, and public transport. Wellington came out on top, with just under 95 per cent of Wellingtonians ranking theirs as either extremely good or good, making Wellington the No 1 city. The survey reports Wellingtonians believe it is generally a safe place to live. The city topped the list for people feeling safe after nightfall while in their homes, visiting the city centre, and walking in their neighbourhood.

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Children Want to Walk to School

Living Streets Aotearoa says the recent Ministry of Health report A Portrait of Health is an indictment of New Zealand's urban form and transport options.

Fewer than half of children aged 5 to 14 years use active transport (walk, run, cycle, scoot or skate) to get to school.

"The journey to school offers an easy way to be active and forms the active transport habit early", says Councillor Celia Wade-Brown.  Children can also get exercise by walking part of the journey to the bus or train.

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Breaking New Zealand's 'P' dependence

Handout Presentation to NZ Walking Conference, Christchurch, Nov 2006
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Jason Morgan,Gerry Dance
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The New Zealand physical activity questionnaires (SPARC)

Report on the validation and use of the NZPAQ-LF and NZPAQ-SF self-report physical activity survey instruments. (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) and the Minis
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Keeping healthy outdoors (MOH)

Whether you are planning to have a picnic or to go walking or camping, there are a few simple things to remember – things that will help to make your trip safe and enjoyable, and protect the area for other people to enjoy in the future.
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Physical activity (MOH)

How much activity should I do? The Ministry of Health recommends aiming for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most days of the week.
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Physical activity toolkit for District Health Boards

The toolkit provides a lot of information on many aspects of physical activity in New Zealand including the health benefits and how we can encourage more New Zealanders to be active.
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Be active every day (MOH)

Take 3 steps towards a healthy lifestyle
Be active every day (MOH) - Web page with link to PDF
PDF brochure promoting exercise for health.
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Regional Public Health, Wellington
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District health board (DHB) physical activity toolkit

Key low-cost physical activities that DHBs could promote
physical activity toolkit - Document - Adobe PDF - Acrobat Reader
A toolkit for DHBs to help promote physical activity
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