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Movement for Health: stopping the decline by building on bright spots and new evidence
  1. Steve Aspinall
  1. School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Stepen Aspinall; S.J.Aspinall{at}

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Gloomy headlines are familiar; according to the WHO, an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally are caused by inactivity. On the other hand, we as health professionals know the solution—regular physical activity of a moderate intensity can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer as well as improving bone and joint health. But the big challenges is how to implement our knowledge and grow our influence.

There is evidence of many very positive steps in the right direction. The fantastic Daily Mile programme gets our children moving whatever the weather and the excellent Movement for Movement global resources are now being used in medical and allied health educational programme (see page 767). Only this morning, the UK’s most popular radio show had the popular activity proponent Professor Greg Whyte discussing activity strategies for the desk-bound office worker.

The BJSM community has contributed a great deal to knowledge in this area, including an expert statement looking at the sedentary office.1 BJSM has published special issues on physical activity and …

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