Minister urges Australian women to get active

Minister urges Australian women to get active

Associate Prof Belinda Beck, Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO Osteoporosis Australia

Today in Canberra on World Osteoporosis Day the Minister for Health Sussan Ley urged women to “put their health first” and get active.

Minister Ley stressed women continue to put the health, wellbeing and needs of others ahead of their own. The Minister said “This is clear on World Osteoporosis Day, where too many women are being diagnosed in cases that could have been avoided with greater physical activity, particularly organised sport, in their earlier years.”

Long work hours, hectic family schedules and sedentary lifestyles of Australian women are a concern. 

Minister Ley said, “Whether you’re a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunty, niece, carer or friend – it doesn’t matter – there’s no excuse; we must start putting our health first and I’m here to support you.” Minister Ley added, “That’s why to kick things off I’m committing to doing weight bearing physical activity three times a week to improve bone strength and also walking, instead of driving, wherever I can.”

Dr Bernie Towler explained that women of all ages should continue aerobic and strength/resistance activities to minimise bone loss and osteoporosis.  For girls she recommended ball games, dance, resistance training and jumping. Dr Towler said, “The evidence shows that before and during puberty is an ideal period to increase peak mineral density.” Osteoporosis Australia Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee member Associate Professor Belinda Beck said exercise was important to bone health at every stage of life.

Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO Osteoporosis Australia said, “World Osteoporosis Day is a great opportunity to emphasise what is critically important for bone health. Physical activity, good nutrition and avoidance of smoking/excessive alcohol are basic elements for building strong bones and maintaining bone health. Preventing osteoporosis and fractures means people can stay independent and have a good quality of life.”

See Minister Ley discussing World Osteoporosis Day during Question Time at Parliament House today