29 Sep, 2015

Physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016–2025

WHO | Regional Committee for Europe | 65th session | Sept 2015

This physical activity strategy was prepared in the light of the existing voluntary global targets set out in the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020, endorsed by the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly in May 2013.

The strategy focuses on physical activity as a leading factor in health and well-being in the European Region, with particular attention to the burden of noncommunicable diseases associated with insufficient activity levels and sedentary behaviour. It aims to cover all forms of physical activity throughout the life-course. 


Inspired by Health 2020 – the WHO European policy framework for health and well-being – our vision is for governments in the WHO European Region to work across sectors, levels and countries and with stakeholders to enable all citizens to have better and longer lives owing to a lifestyle that incorporates regular physical activity.