ארגון הבריאות העולמי: רכיבה על אופניים היא חלק מהפתרון

נשלח 6 במאי 2011, 5:40 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 6 במאי 2011, 6:16 ]
06.05.2011

World Health Organization takes on chronic disease: Cycling is part of the solution.

Photo Credit:  Mikael-Colville Andersen, http://www.copenhagenize.com

The World Health Organization focused for decades on infectious diseases, but now it’s putting non-communicable diseases near the top of its agenda. Lately, it released its 2010 ‘Global status report on non-communicable diseases’. According to WHO, chronic illnesses account for 63 percent of deaths worldwide. Among WHO’s top targets are: no tobacco, less sugar, fat and salt and… increasing physical activity.

Indeed, there is now an extremely strong body of research supporting the link between regular physical activity and good health. Regular physical activity namely reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, of developing diabetes, of developing high blood pressure, of developing colon and breast cancer, reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and helps control weight.

But there is more: studies provide even stronger evidence for associations between regular health and cycling. One of the most substantive studies in this field provided direct evidence that regular cyclists are likely to have decreased mortality compared to non-cyclists, irrespective of the other physical activity they do.

As for most people, the easiest and most acceptable forms of physical activity are those that can be incorporated into everyday life, cycling has obviously the potential to make a very significant contribution to improving public health.

Source: ecf.com

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