Last updated: 05 May, 2016

This evidence summary outlines current physical activity and sedentary behaviour levels in Australia and Victoria. It provides an overview of the impacts of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, as well as barriers to and enablers of active lifestyles.

Download: Physical activity and sedentary behaviour: Evidence summary (PDF, 869 KB)


Encouraging regular physical activity is one of five strategic imperatives in the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion. VicHealth recognises the many health benefits that an active lifestyle can provide. The evidence summary draws upon the best available evidence and expert opinion, while recognising the challenges in measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour.



Note: This evidence summary supersedes VicHealth’s 2010 update on published research examining physical activity participation.