Who we are
A National and International institutions group gathered at the XXV International Symposium on Sport Sciences in São Paulo and agreed that an independent organization was needed to stimulate the global promotion of physical activity and coordinate the Move for Health Day. The combined institutions strongly recommend the formation of a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting physical activity to meet these targets, and thus was born the Rede Agita Mundo or Agita Mundo Network.
As a result of the positive impact of the "World Health Day" celebration in 2002, which concluded with the main theme "Physical Activity in São Paulo", the Agita Mundo Network was launched in October 2002, when a group of institutions representing different countries around the world, adopted the Declaration of São Paulo for Physical Activity Promotion in the World. The main objective of the network is to promote physical activity as a healthy behavior for people of all nations.
Purposes of the Agita Mundo Network
- Stimulate research, encourage the dissemination of information on the health benefits of physical activity and effective strategies to increase the level of physical activity.
- Defender physical activity and health, and support for national and regional development programs and physical activity promotion networks.
Specific objectives of Agita Mundo Network
- Defender physical activity and health by the World Day of Physical Activity, as well as other community-based events and mega events and inform opinion makers about the importance of physical activity for public policy.
- Widely disseminate simple and consistent clear message about the benefits to health and social rights of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
- Stimulate the creation of regional and international networks to promote physical activity and provide contact between them.
- Share good experiences, effective strategies and programs through websites, meetings, workshops and publications.
- Promote and disseminate information on innovative approaches to develop alliances in the world to promote physical activity and good health.
Some global factors were instrumental in the creation of the Network.
- The high prevalence of physical inactivity (over 50%) in developing and developed countries.
- The contribution of physical inactivity in total mortality and morbidity mainly due to cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- That physical inactivity associated with smoking and poor diet cause 75% of deaths from chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
- 79% of the deaths attributed to chronic noncommunicable diseases occur in developing countries.
- The NCD explain about 60% of all deaths and 43% of the burden with the disease worldwide, and is expected to increase by 73% of all deaths and 60% of illnesses in 2020.
- That approximately 2 million deaths a year worldwide are attributable to physical inactivity.
- The main consequences of sedentary lifestyle on morbidity are obesity, hypertension, diabetes and depression.
- The benefits of physical activity for biological health as controlling body weight, improved glucose tolerance, bone mineral density, cholesterol profile, reducing blood pressure.
- The psychosocial benefits of physical activity, increasing self-esteem, body appearance, well-being, mental alertness, reducing the feeling of loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression.
- Indirect benefits of physical activity, lowering the rate of violence in young people, promoting the lifestyle without the use of smoke and reducing other risk behaviors such as unsafe sex and illicit drug use.
- The high direct costs of physical inactivity: $ 76 billion annually in the United States, $ 34.7 million in São Paulo in 2002 and 2% to 3% of total medical costs in several developed countries.
- The impact of World Health Day celebrations in 2002, comprising 1987 events in 148 countries on 5 continents, with messages translated in 63 languages; involving the public, opinion leaders and health promotion networks.
- The unanimous decision held in the WHO World Assembly in 2002 in the adoption of Resolution 55.23 of the World Health Assembly committed all member states to celebrate the "Move for Health Day" each year to promote physical activity as an essential strategy for health and well-being.
- That Resolution 55.23 of the World Health Assembly also called for the development of a Global Strategy on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health for prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases.
- The impact of local initiatives, regional, national and continental as: Agita Sao Paulo, Brazil Agita, Active Australia, Muevete Bogota; Active Risaralda; Muevete Pues; The moverse Argentina; Uruguay Moving; Venezuela Moving; Muevete Panama, Vida Chile, among others.
- That international scientific institutions such as WHO, PAHO, ACSM, FIMS, COPAMEDE and others have already developed a declaration to promote regular physical activity as an important strategy for health promotion.
One of the important moments for Agita Mundo Network, took place in May 2004, when WHO - World Health Organization approved the document entitled: Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.
This document after extensive discussions with several specialist, including Dr. Victor Matsudo representing Agita São Paulo Program / Agita Brazil, suggests a broad discussion for the formulation of public policies in the area of healthy eating and physical activity promotion and proposes actions at the local level and national and worldwide (WHO, 2004).
Many of these strategies suggested in this document were already used by the Agita São Paulo Program since its launch in 1996.
Thus it was possible the unification of diverse experiences of promoting physical activity, thus culminating in the formation of so-called Global Action Physical Activity with the participation of the following networks:
The Network of African Physical Activity. Is currently the "arm" African working for Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA), representing the defense counsel for the International Society for Physical Activity and Public Health.
The Physical Activity Network Asia Pacific was launched to ensure a culturally and contextually adapted approach to promoting physical activity in the region, to promote sharing of information and disseminate updated information on the level of prevalence of physical activity, policies, programs and guidelines and provide feedback based on evidence and technical support.
The European Network for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Health works to improve health through physical activity among all people in the WHO European Region, strengthens and supports efforts to increase participation and improve the conditions for healthy lifestyles and sustainable transport.
The Physical Activity Network of the Americas was created in order to integrate, strengthen and disseminate policies and experiences of national networks and promote the implementation of evidence-based strategies in the context of public health to promote healthy lifestyles in the Americas.
The CELAFISCS - Fitness Laboratory Studies Centre Physics of São Caetano do Sul is where is located the headquarters of the Agita Mundo Network also collaborates and actively works with regional and international networks.
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