The Global Action Plan for Physical Activity

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This month the World Health Organization launched the consultation on the draft global action plan to promote physical activity. The development of this action plan represents unprecedented high-level support for the physical activity agenda and reflects the advancement in science as well as the effective advocacy efforts of many NGOs and civil society. The development of the draft action plan was informed by a group of global experts representing a range of sectors including health, sport, transport, and urban planning, and spanning academics, practitioners and policymakers. The multi-sectoral nature of this group is reflective of the clear intent of the action plan – to highlight the contribution that physical activity can make to a broad range of non-health agendas, and to encourage a comprehensive and coherent response to global and national action. The over-arching goal of the strategy is to get one hundred million people more active by 2030.

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The Global Action Plan for Physical Activity