Make physical activity part of all stages of life

The 53 European Member States unanimously endorsed a physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016–2025 at the 65th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania on 16 September 2015. The strategy focuses on policies and action to promote health-enhancing physical activity.

With WHO estimates showing that more than one third of adults and two thirds of adolescents in Europe are insufficiently active, the strategy aims to inspire governments and stakeholders to work towards increasing levels of physical activity at all stages of life.

Member States found it an excellent framework for further developing national policies and highlighted the initiatives they have taken. They stressed the need for action early in life, to give everybody the best possible start and to promote healthy ageing. They also called for an intersectoral approach involving schools; the education, urban planning and transport sectors; and health professionals.

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