Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 4: Feeling healthy and healthy behaviour

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This topic contains indicators of how people perceive their health, and the extent to which they engage in behaviour conducive to good health and wellbeing.

Feelings of health and wellbeing are a widely used and valid measure of physical and mental health status, and correlate with activity limitations and health-related behaviour.

Risk factors associated with behaviour and lifestyle contribute significantly to NSW’s total burden of death, disease and disability. Tobacco smoking, being overweight or obese, risky drinking and being physically inactive have the greatest impact.