Invest in physical activity to protect and promote health: the 2020 WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Hidde P van der Ploeg, Fiona C Bull

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In this editorial we discuss the new 2020 World Health Organization guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour and a series of related papers that are published simultaneously in IJBNPA. The new guidelines reaffirm that physical activity is a 'best buy' for public health and should be used to support governments to increase investment in policy and research to promote and ensure physical activity opportunities are available for everyone. New recommendations on sedentary behaviour and inclusion of specific guidelines for people living with disability and/or chronic disease and pregnant and postpartum women are major developments since 2010. We discuss research priorities, as well as policy implementation and the contribution to the sustainable development agenda. The new guidelines can catalyse the paradigm shifts needed to enable equitable opportunities to be physically active for everyone, everywhere, every day.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145
Pages (from-to)145
JournalThe international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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