Glossary (Version 8.4)

A strategy that aims to lower the risks and harmful consequences associated with drug use and other high-risk behaviours, rather than simply promoting abstinence.

A state of complete physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It includes the ability to lead a socially and economically productive life.

Refers to the influence and impact regular physical activity participation has on individual and community social and emotionalhealth and wellbeing. It involves making active choices and exploring the range of influences on physical activity participation and choices.

An ability to selectively access and critically analyse information, navigate community services and resources, and take action to promote personal health and the health of others. This includes online information and websites as well as information from friends, family and health professionals. Health literacy has three dimensions: functional, interactive and critical.

Any message or advertising related to the health and wellbeing of people. These can be in the form of TV or magazine advertisements, media articles, product labelling, portrayal of ‘healthy’ choices in the media or messages from families and peer groups.

Physical fitness is considered a measure of a body’s ability to function efficiently, effectively and without injury in work and leisure activities, to pursue recreational activities and to cope with emergency situations. Health-related fitness includes components such as cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance and strength.