Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Global recommendations on physical activity for health

World Health Organization

Cover of publication: Recommendations for physical activity

Publication details

Number of pages: 58
Publication date: 2010
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 9789241599979



Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the population worldwide.

The focus of the Global recommendations on physical activity for health is primary prevention of NCDs through physical activity at population level, and the primary target audience for these recommendations are policy-makers at national level.

The recommendations set out in this document address three age groups: 5–17 years old; 18–64 years old; and 65 years old and above. A section focusing on each age group includes the following:

  • a narrative summary of scientific evidence;
  • the current physical activity recommendations; and
  • the interpretation and justification for the recommendations made.

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