One quarter of the world is not active enough to protect health

One of the simplest ways to improve and protect your health is to keep active, keep moving. But as revealed in a new World Health Organization-led study, summarized here (A Quarter of Adults Are Too Inactive, Putting Health at Risk, New York Times September 4, 2018) one-quarter of the world’s population, 1.4 billion people, are not meeting the basic levels of physical activity 150 min of moderate-intensity, or 75 min of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or any equivalent combination of the two. This universal lack of activity is now one of the leading causes of premature death and has deleterious effects on mental health and quality of life. Reversing this trend will take creative cultural, economic, and regulatory changes. - Sanders DiPiero

Read the full study here: Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1·9 million participants, The Lancet September 4, 2018

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