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Lack in Physical Activity Risks Noncommunicable Diseases: WHO

New York (ABC Live):A lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries. Globally, 23% of adults and 81% school-going adolescents are not active enough.
Getting people to move more is a key strategy for reducing the burden of NCDs, as articulated in WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. The plan calls for a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025, which contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WHO provides recommendations for the minimum amounts of activity for all age groups for improved health, but it is important to know that doing some physical activity is better than doing none. Inactive people should start with small amounts of physical activity, as part of their daily routine, and gradually increase duration, frequency, and intensity over time. Countries and communities must also take action to provide individuals with more opportunities to be active.

About Jatinder Kaur

Jatinder Kaur, Editor-in- Chief, ABC Live, writies on Health and Social issues for ABC Live since 2006. She remained instrumental in shaping ABC News & Info Services, the parent company owning, the ABC Live and took charge of ABC Live as Editor-in- Chief in March, 2015 from Our founder Dinesh Singh Rawat.

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