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Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: INDER, the Institute of Sport and Recreation of Medellín in Colombia
  1. Gary O'Donovan1,
  2. Jenyfer Tabares García2,
  3. Diana Brunal Berrocal2,
  4. Nelson Gaviria García2
  1. 1Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  2. 2INDER Alcaldía de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gary O'Donovan, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia; g.odonovan{at}

Statistics from

Programme card

  • Location

    • Medellín, Colombia.

  • Target population

    • 2.5 million inhabitants.

  • Modes

    • More than 27 traditional sports disciplines; aerobics classes, walking groups, daytime and night-time Ciclovías, and other physical activity interventions; recreational activities for groups aged 0–5, 6–12, 13–17, 18–28, 29–59 and 60+ years.

  • All of the seven best investments for physical activity are addressed. Online supplementary figure 1 See figure 1. (A Spanish version is available online: see online supplementary figure 1).

  • Sectors involved

    • INDER works alongside and oversees the education sector, the community sector and other public and private bodies involved in the public policy of sport and recreation.

  • Estimated programme reach

    • Up to 850 000 (34%) of 2.5 million inhabitants every month, including people of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic levels.

  • What is special about this programme?

    • Participation is free! You can even borrow a bike, a tennis racquet or whatever you might need to enjoy your chosen sport.

  • Key contact

    • Diana Brunal Berrocal:

  • Website, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Supplementary data

Figure 1

How Institute of Sport and Recreation (INDER) embraces all seven best investments for physical activity.

Background: the right to sport and exercise is enshrined in the constitution

The Institute of Sport and Recreation (INDER, according to its initials in Spanish) of Medellín in Colombia is the decentralised department of the mayor’s office that …

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  • Contributors GOD conceived the article and wrote it in collaboration with JTG, DBB and NGG.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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