Health topics

Physical activity


Physical activity - such as walking, cycling or participating in sports - has significant benefits for health.For instance, it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.Moreover adequate levels of physical activity will decrease the risk of a hip or vertebral fracture and help control weight.Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.

This page provides links to publications and reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners working on this topic in the Western Pacific Region. Also shown are links to related web sites.