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  WORSENING TREND

 

Survey results confirm that over the past decade there has been a significant decline in physical activity levels in the Waikato region.

This indicator is the percentage of people living in the Waikato region who reported that they were physically active on five or more days of the past seven days. It uses data from the Quality of Life Survey.

Why is this indicator important?

Participation in sport and active leisure has positive benefits for people’s physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as being a source of enjoyment and entertainment. According to the New Zealand Heart Foundation, an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of preventable diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers. It can also provide benefits for people and the wider community through improved mental health, community life, social wellbeing and community safety.

Measuring people’s reported levels of physical activity and taking account of their impact upon these other areas can also help us to plan for current and future support systems and other resources within in our region.

Physical activity

Bar chart of frequency of physical activityTable of frequency of physical activity

What is this indicator telling us?

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2016 were less likely to report having been physically activity on five or more of the past seven days (47 per cent in 2016 compared to 61 per cent previously).
  • New Zealand Health Survey results also show a decline in physical activity levels in the Waikato DHB region between 2006/07 and 2011-14.
  • According to the Active New Zealand Survey 2013/14(external link), 63 per cent of adults in the Waikato region take part in sport and recreation in any given week – significantly below the New Zealand average of 74 per cent. Only 50 per cent of Waikato survey respondents said they were interested in trying new or doing more sport and recreation activities, lower than every other region and well below the national average of 66 per cent.
  • Physical inactivity has been estimated to cost the Waikato regional economy $106 million every year.

Check out related information on our website and other organisations’ websites listed on our Waikato Progress Indicators’ Useful Links page.

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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Physical activity is measured as the percentage of respondents who reported that they were physical activity on five or more of the past seven days. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).

Respondents are asked: ‘Thinking about ALL your physical activities (including any physical tasks you might do at work, doing housework or gardening, travelling from place to place or playing sports), on how many of the last 7 days were you active? By “active” we mean doing 15 minutes or more of vigorous activity, which makes you breathe a lot harder than normal, “huff and puff” like running, OR 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity which makes you breathe harder than normal, but only a little, like brisk walking. Other examples of moderate physical activity include carrying light loads, cycling at a regular pace, recreational swimming and gardening.’

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006 and 2016.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.

DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:

Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No

 

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