Healthy living

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing.  

It’s important to reduce the risk of health issues by eating well and staying active. The best things you can do to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle is to eat a variety of healthy foods based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (external site), and to participate in exercise or physical activity every day.  

Programs for healthy lifestyles

As part of our whole of population approach for the prevention of overweight, obesity and chronic disease the Department of Health funds a number of statewide programs that can help you live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Adults and families

  • LiveLighter® (external site), delivered by Cancer Council WA is a healthy lifestyle promotion and education program and public health mass media campaign, helping Western Australian adults and families to lead a healthy life.

Healthy lifestyle programs for children

  • Better Health Company (external site) delivers free, healthy lifestyle programs to families in Western Australia. The programs (below) provide weekly support from qualified health professionals, practical resources to support healthy behaviour change at home, and interactive weekly sessions. Families can choose to attend the group-based programs or the online program.
    • Active8 Program for 2 - 5 years old (external site), is a free 8-week healthy lifestyle program providing evidence-based information and support on healthy eating, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour for families with children aged 2 - 5 years.
    • Better Health Program for 6-12 years old (external site), is a free 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children aged 6-12 years and their families. The program provides families with support, resources and knowledge around physical activity, nutrition and behaviour change, to help families lead healthier lifestyles. 

Healthy eating in WA schools

Last reviewed: 08-09-2023

Chronic Disease Prevention

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