Physical Activity Communities > Public Health

This includes downloadable copy of the zero draft of the action plan, developed in consultation with Member States and UN agencies, which was held on August 16-17, 2012.

Chronic disease causes more than 60% of deaths worldwide, with more than 80% occurring in low and middle income countries. Without concerted action, deaths will increase to 41 million by 2015, and almost half of those deaths will be of people under 70. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for all global deaths. On the medical front, regular physical activity:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%
  • Lowers the risk of stroke by 27%
  • Reduces the incidence of diabetes by almost 60%
  • Reduces the incidence of high blood pressure by almost 50%
  • Can reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 50%
  • Can lower the risk of colon cancer by more than 60%
  • Can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by one-third.

This section showcases initiatives pertinent to improving health in communities, from local to global.