The World Health Organisation has launched a public consultation on its draft physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. It is being conducted to enable the wider scientific and public health community, as well as end users of the final guidelines, including civil society and the community, to review the draft recommendations and provide comments.
This new public consultation on the draft WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children and adolescents, adults and older adults 2020 is open until 17 April. The overarching goal of these guidelines is to provide population-based recommendations using the latest available evidence concerning the amount of physical activity (frequency, intensity and duration) that will offer health benefits and mitigate health risks. Additionally, for the first time, these guidelines extend to provide recommendations on the association between sedentary behaviour and health outcomes.
The closing date is 17 April 2020, 17:00 CEST.
The consultation is particularly interested in feedback on the relevance and importance of these guidelines, the resource implications and if implementing these will benefit all in society.
Physical inactivity has been identified as a leading risk factor for global mortality and a contributor to the rise in overweight and obesity. In 2010, WHO published Global recommendations on physical activity for health which detailed interventions for the primary prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through physical activity at population level. The recommendations specified the different types, frequency and duration of physical activity for optimal health benefits for three population-age groups: youth 6-<18years, adults 18-65 years and older adults >65 years. The 2010 guidelines provided only general guidance on the risks of sedentary behaviour due to insufficient evidence to guide more specific statements at the time.
Over the last ten years there has been a large increase in the evidence on the health impacts of different types, amounts and durations of physical activity and on the health impacts of sedentary behaviours, as well as the interrelationship with levels of physical activity and health outcomes. Particular areas of new evidence include the impact of physical activity on mental wellbeing and cognitive health outcomes, health outcomes in older adults and in children under the age of 5 years. There is also increasing recognition of the importance of physical activity guidelines that are relevant and inclusive of people living with disability.
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