Step up, urges WHO as figures reveal 1 in 4 adults don’t exercise enough — Global Issues

When opportunities exist, older adults or people with disabilities may simply not have access to them.

To improve this situation, the The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for better and fairer opportunities for physical activity to improve overall health.

In a new promotion report,Fair Play: Building a Strong Physical Activity System for More Active People, the agency calls on decision makers in the health, sports, education and transportation sectors to further promote profits.

For who Deputy Director General Zsuzsanna Jakab “There is an urgent need to provide people with better opportunities to lead an active and healthy life.”

“Today, the possibility of people participating in physical activity is unequal and unfair. This inequity has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, ”Ms. Jakab said.


WHO statistics reveal that one in four adults and four out of five adolescents currently do not engage in sufficient physical activity.

Women are less active than men, with a difference of more than eight percent globally (32 percent men, only 23 percent women).

High-income countries are home to more inactive people (37%), compared to middle-income countries (26%) and low-income countries (16%).

WHO guidelines We recommend that adults get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week. Children and adolescents should do an average of 60 minutes a day.


theFair playThe abstract was published during the final WHO webinar in a series convened to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on sport and physical activity.

The report highlights the main challenges and opportunities and calls on all partners to strengthen collaborations and support countries to scale up actions in this area.

Solutions that work include sustained community campaigns, inclusive programs in local communities, and safer environments that support more walking and biking, for all.

The head of the WHO Physical Activity Unit, Fiona Bull, said the report “sends clear messages to all who work, to create a more active society.”

‘Common vision’

“The WHO is calling on industries, civil society and governments, as well as UN agencies, to build a common vision to create more active societies through sports, walking, cycling and playing,” he explained. .

The agency identifies three key actions: stronger partnerships between sectors; stronger governance structures and regulations; and broader, deeper and more innovative financing mechanisms.

The advocacy report responds to the call of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to sport and physical activity to expand its contribution to meet the Sustainable development goals.

The agency also encourages countries to implement the policy actions outlined in the WHOGlobal Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030achieve the goal of increasing physical activity by 15% by 2030.


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