WHO for more physical activity in health promotion

A few days ago, the World Health Organization called on decision-makers from the health, sports, education and transportation sectors to urgently increase opportunities to provide more inclusive programs in a safer environment that promote physical activity in all communities. The new WHO program calls for building a stronger system of physical activity for more active people in order to promote and preserve health. “There is an urgent need to provide people with better opportunities for an active healthy life. Today, opportunities for adults and children to engage in physical activity are uneven and unfair; this inequality only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, “said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Deputy Director-General. Because, the WHO is stepping up action with its partners around the world to tackle key barriers that prevent people from becoming more physically active and healthy. If the world’s population were more active, up to 5 million deaths a year could be prevented. However, many live in areas with little or no access to areas where they can safely walk, run, bike or engage in other physical activities. Where opportunities exist, they may not be developed to meet the needs of older people or people with disabilities. This initiative also fits into our strategy of promoting healthy behaviors, so a new national edition of our Guide to Healthy Eating and Exercise is expected soon. Detailed information on the new WHO program can be found at the following link.