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❇️ More than 1.4 billion adults worldwide are not sufficiently physically active to stay healthy.
❇️ “including data from nearly 2 million participants (representing 96% of the global population), shows that globally, in 2016, more than a quarter of all adults was not getting enough physical activity.”
❇️ “prevalence was more than double in high-income countries than in low-income countries in 2016. In wealthier countries, the transition towards more sedentary occupations and personal motorised transportation probably explains the higher levels of inactivity.’”
❇️ “The health benefits of physical activity are well established and include a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. “
❇️ “In recognition of this strong link between physical activity and major non-communicable diseases, member states of WHO agreed to a 10% relative reduction in the prevalence of insufficient physical activity by 2025,”
❇️ “Accelerated action is needed to reverse trends in central and eastern Europe, high-income Western countries, Latin American and the Caribbean, and south Asia.”
❇️ “National policy needs to be implemented to encourage non-motorised modes of transportation, such as walking and cycling, and to promote participation in active recreation and sports in leisure time. Such policies are particularly important in countries with rapid urbanisation, such as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, which contribute to the high levels of insufficient activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Effective policies include improved provision of cycling and walking infrastructure, im- proving road safety, and creating more opportunities for physical activity in public open spaces and parks, in workplaces, and in other local community settings.”
❇️ Our analysis was the first to assess trends in physical inactivity over time. The global prevalence of physical inactivity was stable between 2001 and 2016, suggesting no progress in reducing global levels to reach the 2025 global physical activity target.”
❇️ “Our data show that progress towards the global target set by WHO member states to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 has been too slow and is not on track. Levels of insufficient physical activity are particularly high and still rising in high-income countries, and worldwide, women are less active than are men. A significant increase in national action is urgently needed in most countries to scale-up implementation of effective policies. The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030,32 is a new catalyst for global action, and provides a selection of 20 specific policies targeting different settings and populations that can be adapted and tailored to local contexts in all countries. However, implementation will require bold leadership and full engagement across sectors to change the current approach.”

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