The latest data on social trends released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed the life expectancy of adults around the country is the fourth-best in the world.
Released earlier this week (June 26), the report indicates that Australians ranked equal fourth in terms of longevity alongside Israel – and were only beaten by Japan, Switzerland and Spain.
Data taken from a 2008 OECD study also showed Australian non-smoking rates are better than average, with just 17 per cent of those over the age of 15 smoking, compared with the OECD average of 21 per cent.
Younger generations are continuing to focus on their health, with almost two-thirds of children aged between five and 14 years participating in organised sport or dancing at least once in the 12 months to April 2009.
Australians wishing to implement a healthier lifestyle and possibly increase their life expectancy may benefit from the wellbeing programs offered by some private health insurance providers that offer access to advice and information from dietitians and lifestyle experts.
A report released by the New South Wales auditor-general released earlier this month suggested that approximately 30 per cent of children attending public schools were not fulfilling the required two hours of physical education and sport per week.