Physical activity

Regular physical activity such as walking, cycling, or dancing not only makes you feel good, it has significant benefits for health. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers, helps control weight, and contributes to mental well-being. Taking part in physical activity also increases opportunities for making friends and feeling part of the community.

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World Cup 2018: reaching out to football fans to promote healthier and more active lives

A new video campaign targeting football fans on the occasion of the World Cup 2018 is promoting healthier and more active lives. The series of videos was produced jointly by WHO, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and the 2018 World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee..

HEPA Europe

HEPA (European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity) is a network which works for better health through physical activity among all people in the WHO European Region, by strengthening and supporting efforts to increase participation and improve the conditions for healthy lifestyles.

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Love football. Be active. (Russian)

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Number of breast and colon cancers worldwide that are caused primarily by physical inactivity

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