The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland (REUTERS)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an initiative under the rubric "sport for health" in five Egyptian universities in Upper and Lower Egypt.
According to the WHO, more than 80 percent of the adolescents in the world do not engage in enough physical activity and hence policies have been put in place to address the issue.
The WHO defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits.
Regular physical activity of moderate intensity – such as walking, cycling, or doing sports – has significant benefits for health. At all ages, the benefits of being physically active outweigh the potential harm, for example through accidents.
Some physical activity is better than doing none. By becoming more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can quite easily achieve the recommended activity levels.
The WHO has established several partnerships to help support member states in their efforts to promote physical activity – these include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace.