Congress of the Japanese Physical Therapy Association
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  • Wah Yun LOW
    Pages C-17
    Published: 2019
    Released: August 20, 2019

      There is an alarming trend in the shift of changing lifestyle changes due to rapid urbanization and modernization. The socio-behavioral risk factors e.g., unhealthy diet, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyles are common characteristics of developing countries who is facing the economic transition and is affecting the health of its nation. Based on WHO data, insufficient physical activity contributes to 3.2 million deaths and 69.3 million DALYs each year. People who are insufficiently inactive have a 20% to 30% risk of all-cause mortality. Physical inactivity will lead to poor health outcomes and can cause non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancers, other chronic diseases and depression. More behavioral change activities are warranted to increase recreational physical activity. The community can play a great role in promoting physical activities via community participation and inclusion, a holistic physical education program, diversity, responsiveness and sustainability. Advocating a healthy lifestyle through physical education and health promotion campaigns, mass media and support groups is deemed necessary and further research is needed to develop more innovative preventive health strategies in building healthy communities.

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