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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)

Physical Activity and Sports component of the implementation of DPAS and the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of NCD (focal point in WHO: Dr. Tim Armstrong, email: armstrongt@who.int)

Collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (focal point in WHO: Dr. Tim Armstrong, email: armstrongt@who.int)

Playing for Health: A Project to Promote the Health of Pre-adolescent Males through Football (focal point in WHO: Mr Paulus Bloem, email: bloemp@who.int)

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: galeag@who.int)

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.

Dr. Tim Armstrong
E-mail: armstrongt(at)who.int

Dr. Gauden Galea
E-mail: galeag@who.int

Mr. Godfrey Xuereb
E-mail: xuerebg(at)who.int

Ms. Vanessa Candeias
E-mail: candeiasv(at)who.int

Mr. Paulus Bloem
E-mail : bloemp(at)who.int

UN ignites the flame of social change through the London 2012 Olympics 13 August 2012
Geneva (UNOSDP) – The London 2012 Olympic Games came to an end yesterday and are already widely lauded as an overall success, with plenty of historic moments that will stay fresh in the minds of many for years to come. But beyond the stadiums, courts and fields where sporting excellence prevailed, the event offered the opportunity to help advance the human development agenda.
Secretary-General takes part in torch relay ahead of Olympic Games in London 26 July 2012
London/New York (UN News Centre) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took part in the traditional torch run ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which start on Saturday in London, in the United Kingdom.
Secretary-General to take part in London Olympics torch run 24 July 2012
New York/Geneva (UN News Center, edited by UNOSDP) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head later this week to London, where he will take part in the torch run for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on Thursday and attend the opening ceremony on Friday, his spokesperson announced today.
UN teams up with Olympic governing body to promote healthy lifestyles 22 July 2010
UN News Centre – The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are teaming up to promote physical activity and better lifestyle choices that will help people ward off disease and live healthier and longer lives.

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