Toiora is concerned with personal behaviour and the type of lifestyle we choose to live. Major changes in the way we work, how we get around, and how we spend our leisure time mean that many of us are sedentary for much of the time, even though physical activity should be a part of everyday life. Other aspects of our lifestyles also have a significant effect on health and wellbeing, including nutrition, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, work-life balance, crime, and gambling.
Risky behaviours are highest where poverty is greatest, in youthful populations and where risk-taking behaviour is the norm within a community or whānau. A shift from harmful lifestyles to healthy lifestyles requires actions at all levels.
Read an explanation of the Te Pae Mahutonga model for Māori Health Promotion [PDF].
Measures of Toiora - Healthy Lifestyles