The Global Observatory for Physical Activity – GoPA! was created in response to a global call to action based on the five million deaths attributable to physical inactivity as described in the 2012 Lancet Physical Activity Series. GoPA! is a global network of physical activity researchers, public health policy makers and practitioners founded in 2012, catalogues and analyzes global data physical activity and health.
The mission of GoPA! is to monitor physical activity surveillance, research and policy worldwide, with the ultimate goal of reducing the global burden of mortality and morbidity caused by physical inactivity.
GoPA! is a joint initiative of ISPAH and the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group. It iscoordinated by a secretariat based at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil. GoPA! is chaired by Professors Michael Pratt (UCSD) and Pedro Hallal (UFPeL), coordinated by Dr. Andrea Ramirez (Universidad de los Andes), and guided by an international steering committee. GoPA! has published data on physical activity surveillance, policy and research in 146 countries in the world as online “Country Cards”, in a global almanac, and as peer reviewed scientific publications.
Why global physical activity monitoring? (messages from the Lancer Physical Activity Series 1 & 2)
- Physical inactivity is a pandemic responsible for at least 5 million deaths per year
- 1.3 million deaths could be averted if physical inactivity was reduced by 25%
- Physical inactivity costs the world at least $ 68 billion per year in health system expenses and lost productivity.