Geneva, 6 June until 20 June 2019 -- These WHO guidelines will provide recommendations on the amount of time children and adolescents, adults, older adults and special populations such as pregnant women and those living with chronic conditions or disabilities, should be physical active and the maximum recommended daily sedentary time for their health. These guidelines will update the recommendations on physical activity for health released in 2010, with the most recent advances in the evidence base for these behaviours and associated health consequences.
To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more
Geneva, 24 April 2019 -- The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.
WHO launches ACTIVE: a toolkit for countries to increase physical activity and reduce noncommunicable diseases
17 October 2018 | London - The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched ACTIVE, policy toolkit to help all governments reduce the alarming levels of physical inactivity and the related health, social and economic consequences.
5 SEPTEMBER 2018 - New data published in The Lancet Global Health today show that more than one in four adults globally (28% or 1.4 billion people) are physically inactive. However this can be as high as one in three adults inactive in some counties.The paper, authored by four World Health Organization experts, reports data that update 2008 estimates on levels of activity and, for the first time, reports trend analyses showing that overall, the global level of inactivity in adults remains largely unchanged since 2001.
The global action plan on physical activity 2018 - 2030
Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It also helps prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being. Yet, much of the world is becoming less active.WHO has developed a new global action plan to help countries scale up policy actions to promote physical activity. It responds to the requests by countries for updated guidance, and a framework of effective and feasible policy actions to increase physical activity at all levels.
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. Popular ways to be active are through walking, cycling, sports and recreation, and can be done at any level of skill and for enjoyment.