Earlier this year, we launched a database of policy actions that have been implemented around the world targeted at getting people, particularly youth and adolescents, more active. This database is part of the EU-funded CO-CREATE project that aims to tackle childhood obesity.

Many ways to encourage being active

The database provides information on physical activity programmes and guidelines, urban planning and transport design, mass communication campaigns, and much more.

The database comprises three policy domains –  Active societies, Active environments, Active people –  and is designed to help policymakers, researchers and civil society organisations take action to increase levels of physical activity.

We also know that being physically active can reduce the risk of cancer1 and other diseases such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Inactivity is described by the Department of Health as a "silent killer"2, which is why it’s more important than ever that we build policies that promote physical activity throughout the life course.

References

1World Cancer Research Fund/AICR. Physical activity and the risk of cancer. 2018.

2NHS. Benefits of exercise. 2018.