Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


People living in remote areas may face particular problems with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. In particular, compared with cities:

  • Prices of healthy and/or fresh food are often higher
  • Some fresh fruit and vegetables may be harder to find
  • Some healthier alternatives, such as wholegrain bread and reduced-fat milk, may be harder to find
  • The supply of safe drinking water may be less reliable
  • Some areas may not have enough quality facilities to promote physical activity, such as sporting grounds or indoor gyms
  • Some areas may have a climate that makes it difficult to be active outdoors all year round (e.g. either really hot or wet).

The supply and prices of healthy food in remote areas can pose challenges, but there are things you can do to save money on healthy food.

Here are some tips to deal with some of the other issues:

  • If you’re unsure about the water supply, boil water to ensure it’s safe to drink, then keep it in the fridge.
  • If fresh fruit and veg aren’t available, buy frozen and canned ones instead. But avoid those that contain added sugar and/or salt; read food labels to check.
  • When fresh fruit and vegetables are available, buy whatever you can afford, cook them up and freeze them to use later – stew apples or stone fruits; make tomato-based pasta sauces and vegie soups.
  • There may be opportunities to be physically active at home. Body weight exercises (e.g. push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges), exercise or yoga DVDs and even household chores like gardening (e.g. digging and raking) and housework (e.g. vacuuming and cleaning windows) all contribute to your daily physical activity.



For more information:

  • HealthInfoNet (for Indigenous Australians living in rural and remote areas)