Exploring what impacts on ACT women’s ability to maintain healthy behaviours

Exploring what impacts on ACT women’s ability to maintain healthy behaviours  

This WCHM research explored with a range of ACT women their experiences of maintaining healthy eating and physical activity, and what impacted on their ability to do this. The research was undertaken because women are busier than ever, and health messages can often be confusing or conflicting. The survey and forums explored how women felt about messages in the media and campaigns about healthy behaviours, to understand what works and what doesn’t.  Every year, government and community organisations put significant resources into health promotion campaigns that encourage people in the ACT to eat healthy and exercise regularly, so the results of this work will help inform the promotion of healthy behaviours in better ways for women in the ACT. The report from this work, ‘Physical activity and healthy eating promotion to ACT women – A guide to getting it right’, was released in October, and shows how life stages, life roles, and the social determinants of women’s lives impact on the ability of ACT women to participate in healthy eating, physical activity and improving and maintaining healthy behaviours.