On the occasion of the European Week of Sport, ECC together with ECDA, the European Chronic Disease Alliance, calls on the EU and Member States to take comprehensive action to encourage all Europeans to be physically active, following WHO recommendations.
Physical inactivity is associated with an increased risk of poor health, major chronic diseases – including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes- early death due to chronic diseases , mood and anxiety disorders, and social discomfort. Personal, social, economic and environmental factors (i.e. insufficient participation in physical activity during leisure time, increased sedentary behaviour during occupational and domestic activities, and increased use of “passive” modes of transportation) all strongly affect physical activity levels and are thus at the forefront of the public health challenge. More: