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10 facts on physical activity

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Supportive environments and communities may help people to be more physically active

Urban and environmental policies can have huge potential to increase the physical activity levels in the population. Examples of these policies include ensuring that:

  • walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation are accessible and safe for all;
  • labour and workplace policies encourage physical activity;
  • schools have safe spaces and facilities for students to spend their free time actively;
  • sports and recreation facilities provide opportunities for everyone to be physically active.
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