The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the new “WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.”
Science has proven that regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. Moreover, it is important to note that NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths globally.
In addition, end physical inactivity is not only a health challenge, but also an economic one because the financial costs are huge. According WHO, physical inactivity cost US$54 billion globally in direct health care, of which 57% is incurred by the public sector and an additional US$14 billion is attributable to lost productivity.
For these reasons, the action plan recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create societies that are more active and can moderate physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.
For the development of this plan of action, WHO had the collaboration of not only governments and national public institutions, but also key organizations in sectors such as sports, health, transport, urban design and civil society, besides the indispensable contribution of the academic world.
At Neat Group, we believe that that physical activity is essential for active aging. That is why we have developed technological supports, such as mobile telecare, to enable sports and outdoor physical activities autonomously and safely.
You can download the action plan here.