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Unveiling WHO’s New Global Physical Inactivity Estimates: A Call to Action from ISPAH 

Senior Research Coordinator
University of Wollongong

Unveiling WHO’s New Global Physical Inactivity Estimates: A Call to Action from ISPAH 

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) published new global comparable estimates of physical inactivity in adults on their website ( and a full paper in The Lancet Global health ( ). This analysis identifies which countries are estimated to be “on track” to achieve the 2030 target for reducing physical inactivity. We encourage the ISPAH community to engage with the findings of this important analysis and share the key actions with governments and stakeholders, calling for them to commit to creating a more active, healthier world. 

To learn more about the results and the implications for policy, research and practice, ISPAH encourages you to join two pivotal webinars hosted by the WHO on July 2nd and 3rd, 2024. These webinars will provide a summary of the main findings from the latest global assessment of levels of physical inactivity globally, and deep dive into the development of the estimates. For more information about the webinars, click the links below.  

Webinar 1: Launch of New WHO Estimates of Physical Inactivity in Adults 

Date: 2 July 2024 

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 CET 

Venue: Online event, Geneva  



Webinar 2: A Deep Dive into the Development of New WHO Global Comparable Estimates of Physical Inactivity in Adults 

Date: 3 July 2024 

Time: 15:00 – 16:15 CET 

Venue: Online event, Geneva 


Why It Matters 

Being physically active is a cornerstone of a healthy life. Regular activity helps prevent non-communicable diseases, improves mental health, and enhances overall well-being. However, the new WHO estimates reveal that physical inactivity remains a significant public health challenge globally. 

These webinars are more than just presentations—they are a call to action. By understanding the data and its implications, we can better advocate for policies and practices that promote physical activity at all levels. The insights gained will equip us to take meaningful steps toward reducing inactivity and fostering a healthier, more active world. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation. Register now to secure your spot in these important webinars. Spanish and French interpretation will be available, ensuring accessibility for a global audience. 

Sarah Ryan




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