Why get involved?

Being a healthy weight helps you to feel your best, and it’s never too late to start! February is the perfect time to kick-start healthy eating habits, starting with polishing your cooking skills. Don an apron and download your free copy of the AHWW cookbook and enter our #cookingchallenge during AHWW. It’s all about making healthy food tasty, fast and affordable!

So AHWW is about inspiring Australian adults to make simple changes towards smart eating, starting with cooking at home and choosing the right portions.

Research shows that people who prepare food at home are more likely to eat smaller portions and take in fewer kilojoules and less fat, salt and sugar. And in turn, this is more likely to result in a healthy weight[1].

According to new research, less than 1 in 4 Australians will be of healthy weight by 2031-32 (Heart Foundation and Deakin University joint research[2]).

By 2031-32, more Australians will be obese (41%) than overweight or of a healthy weight with an average gain in weight of 5 kg expected over the next 15 years[2].

With this, expenditure on CVD and type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is set to increase from $16 billion to $58 billion[2] and as a result of elevated BMI, the expenditure on CVD and type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is set to increase to $16.9 billion (from $3.9 billion) if obesity and overweight continues to increase at the rate as between 1995-2005[2].

The latest National Health Survey (2014-2015) found only 7% of Australian adults meet the recommended daily serves of vegetables, and just 49.8% meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines’ recommendation for fruit[3].

According to Australia’s latest National Nutrition Survey (2011-2012), more than 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 year and over reported that they were on a diet to lose weight or for some other health reason. This included 15% of females and 11% of males[4].

2017 is the 10th anniversary of AHWW, which DAA and members have built up over many years to have a large following. The ‘Australia’s Healthy Weight Week’ brand is now familiar with media and the public, allowing us to get coverage and interest in the campaign each year. The week is about good nutrition – the core business of APDs. It is not about promoting quick weight-loss or dieting, rather cooking at home, eating the right portions and maintaining a healthy weight throughout life. APDs are the health professionals well-equipped to help the public with weight management. We can be proud to work in this area, helping the public reduce their risk of chronic disease and to feel healthier.

Get involved by searching for a local AHWW event hosted by APDs around the country. If you’re in Sydney, join the fun and attend our launch event in Martin Place on Monday 13 February 2017!


[1] Jones A. et al. Perceived motivators to home food preparation: Focus group findings. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014; 114: 1552-6; Julia A Wolfson and Sara N Bleich. Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention?. Public Health Nutrition. See link.

[2] Nichols M, Peterson K, Alston L, Allender S. Australian heart disease statistics 2014. Melbourne: National Heart Foundation of Australia, 2014. See link.

[3] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2015). National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15. Retrieved on 30 September 2016 from here.

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2014). Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results – Foods and Nutrients, 2011-2012. Retrieved on 30 September 2016 from here.