Policy 101
Health in All Policies
Intervention 13: Encourage Built Environments
Intervention 14: Exercise in the Workplace
Intervention 15: Exercise at School

What you should know about physical activity?

In the past, Pacific Islander communities were active farming, fishing, building, dancing, walking, and swimming. Today, communities move less and consume more calories than they burn. Cars reduce the need to walk. Many people are employed in jobs where they sit all day long. The result is an inactive population with high rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Establishing policies that support active lifestyles is critical for healthy communities.

Why is it important?

  • Physical inactivity is considered one of the main risk factors contributing to obesity and related diseases in both developed and undeveloped countries.
  • Globally, approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled in the U.S.
  • Exercising just 30 minutes of day can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. For older adults, physical activity can improve mental function.

How you can address and increase physical activity in the Pacific Islands?

PIHOA's Calendar

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