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WHO Press conference (under embargo)
Date: 20 November 2019
11:00 - 11:45
Organization: WHO
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: Launch of the first-ever global estimates of insufficient physical activity among adolescents (11-17 years old) over time, from 2001-2016



Launch of the first-ever global estimates of insufficient physical activity among adolescents (11-17 years old) over time, from 2001-2016

Under embargo until 22 November 00:30 Geneva time (21 November 11:30 p.m. London time)

The study (under embargo until 00.30am Geneva time Friday 22 November and being published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health) was undertaken by WHO experts and describes changes in levels of insufficient physical activity of boys and girls in all regions of the world, how this impacts young people’s health, and commitments countries have taken and can implement to respond to the health challenge posed by physical inactivity.

For reporters wanting an advance embargoed copy of the study, please contact the WHO media team at mediainquiries@who.int

  • Dr Regina Guthold, study lead author, Scientist, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent health and Ageing Department, WHO
  • Dr Leanne Riley, study co-author, Program Manager, Department of NCDs, WHO

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