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WHO Launches a Program to Promote Physical Activity

WHO is pleased to announce that the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 'More Active People for a Healthier World', endorsed at the 71st World Health Assembly, will be launched in Portugal on Monday 4 June 2018 co-hosted by WHO and the Ministry of Health of Portugal and the Portuguese Football Federation with attendance of the Prime Minister of Portugal and the Director General of WHO.

The action plan was developed over the past year with input from around the world including many of you and included representation from across all sectors of government, civil society, non-state actors, private sector, research and academic community.

The development was initiated following the request of countries at WHA 70 in May 2017, led by Thailand, for more leadership and a road map on effective national policy to increase levels of participation.

The core structure is the achievement of 4 objectives through 20 action areas with specific policy and roles recommended for government and stakeholders.

The 4 objectives are Active Environments, Active People, Active Systems and Active Society which are mutually reinforcing and support countries to achieve access to safe and enabling environments and to diverse opportunities to be physically active for all people in their daily lives and recognises the multiple benefits of more active societies includes improved individual and community health as well as significant contribution to the social, cultural and economic development of all nations and Agenda 2030. Regional launches are being planned for later in the year.

The action plan is available from the WHO website and on the new website will be share more information on activities and planning of dissemination and implementation over the coming months.

www.who.int/lets-be-active/en/