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The World Health Organization and other international health promotion organisations and agencies have recognised physical inactivity as a major health risk factor. However, physical inactivity still receives less attention than other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (e.g. tobacco use, unhealthy diets and overweight). Therefore, in 2009 the Council for Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) initiated the development of the first Charter for Physical Activity as a global call for action. The Charter was presented at the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Toronto, Canada, in May 2010. A strategic implementation of the Charter fosters intersectoral collaboration and can significantly contribute to increasing the prevalence of a population-wide active lifestyle.

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