Since 1984, the World Health Organization (WHO) has engaged with the sporting world to promote healthy lifestyle, the benefits of regular physical activity and to fight tobacco use. Recognising the important links between sport, physical activity and health, the 2008 Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the 2004 Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) have been developed and endorsed by the World Health Assembly. Both documents emphasize the importance to start the practice of adapted physical activity early in childhood.
WHO Forum and Technical Meeting on Population-based Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity (Geneva, December 2009)
Collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (focal point in WHO: Dr. Tim Armstrong, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Playing for Health: A Project to Promote the Health of Pre-adolescent Males through Football (focal point in WHO: Mr Paulus Bloem, email: email@example.com)
Mass gathering as opportunities for promotion of Health and Physical Activity - Intersectoral work and Health Legacy of mass gathering events such as the Olympic Games (focal point in WHO: Dr Gauden Galea, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Luís Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup
Review of Sport-for-Health approaches in Africa, WHO Tropical Diseases Research (focal point Dr Jane Kengeya Kayondo, Coordinator, Strategic Alliances)
The 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Nairobi, Kenya, 26-30 October 2009.
WHO (2010), Global recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO (2009),Interventions on Diet and Physical Activity: What Works, Geneva, Switzerland.
Public Health Agency of Canada/ WHO (2009), Mobilising Intersectoral Action to Promote Health: Case Study of ACT-NOW British Columbia, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, British Colombia, Canada.
WHO (2008), A framework to monitor and evaluate implementation of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO/World Economic Forum (2008), Preventing Noncommunicable Diseases in the Workplace through Diet and Physical Activity: WHO/World Economic Forum Report of a Joint Event, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO (2008), School Policy Framework: Implementation of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO (2008), 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO (2007), A guide for population-based approaches to increasing levels of physical activity, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO (2005), Review of Best Practices in Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Developing Countries, 24-27 October, Beijing, China.
WHO (2004), Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health , May, Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Tim Armstrong
Dr. Gauden Galea
Mr. Godfrey Xuereb
Ms. Vanessa Candeias
Mr. Paulus Bloem
E-mail : bloemp(at)who.int