World Health Organisation
Lack of physical activity ranks as the fourth major risk factor for mortality, contributing to approximately 3.2 million deaths each year. In this context, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently introduced three key resources designed to champion physical activity and healthy lifestyles across diverse target groups.
On the 7th April, the WHO celebrated its 75th anniversary alongside the 2023 edition of World Health Day. This milestone event was an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the WHO over its history, in improving health and wellbeing across the globe and protecting vulnerable populations. A video was produced by WHO in recognition of this event, which can be found here. It contains a strong message of the importance of international collaboration for disease prevention.
On the eve of the 2022 football World Cup, the World Health Organization has launched, in collaboration with FIFA, a new digital app to help increase physical activity levels in young people. The WHO recommends all children and adolescents practice 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical per day, including activities that strengthen muscles and bones at least three times a week. Yet, more than 80% of adolescents do not meet these recommendations.
The World Health Organisation’s Executive Board is meeting for the 150th time from 24th-29th January, and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases will be prominent on the agenda as several initiatives will be discussed.