The future of PCAL
On 31st August 2016 notification was received that a decision has been made to discontinue PCAL, with a transition arrangement in place until the end of December 2016 to allow for this to occur.
An Expert Advisory Panel, Implementation Committee, and cross-government working group have been established to drive the implementation of the NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Strategy and ensure that the Premier's Priority target to reduce childhood overweight and obesity by 5% in 10 years is met.
The Ministry of Health has commenced negotiations with the National Heart Foundation to deliver a new program of work to support this focus.
To view further information and the official communique, click here.
Why is Active Living important?
Currently just over half of the NSW population meets the recommended level of at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. There is considerable opportunity for all of us to be more active, more often.
The good news is that active living need not be difficult or expensive - it's as simple as taking steps to integrate physical activity into our daily routines - whether at work, at home, in our leisure time and by the choices we make around transport.
There is a rapidly growing body of evidence, which demonstrates that being active in everyday life not only has substantial positive impacts on our health, but also has potential environmental, social and economic benefits. To assist and support leaders in the public, private and community sectors to make decisions that will facilitate and encourage active living, PCAL has summarised in this Active Living Statement the key evidence demonstrating the benefits of active living and the individual and social costs of a sedentary lifestyle.
Key PCAL Achievements
A summary of the activities and key achievements led by PCAL 2008-2012.