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Developing a national physical activity plan: the Kuwait example.

Authors
  • Ramadan, Jasem
  • Vuori, Ilkka
  • Lankenau, Becky
  • Schmid, Tom
  • Pratt, Michael
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global health promotion
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2010
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
52–57
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1757975910365230
PMID: 20587632
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A rapid increase in economic well-being and urbanization in Kuwait have been accompanied by profound changes in lifestyle, including low levels of physical activity in all population groups. These changes have contributed to a high prevalence of overweight and obesity and to the escalation of the non-communicable disease rates, particularly coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. The evolution of physical activity promotion, internationally, and a series of related meetings in Kuwait and neighboring countries, have started to generate an awareness among health authorities of the importance of physical activity in health promotion and disease prevention. A National Physical Activity Committee has been formed to design and implement a National Physical Activity Plan, which could also serve as a model for other countries. The authors describe the background and principles behind the development of the National Plan, summarize a template based upon the Kuwait experience and share the lessons learned from these efforts.

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