New evidence supports integrating strategies to promote increased physical activity as a key part of the action plan for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, finds a new study led by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The study, “Physical Activity Promotion and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Building Synergies to Maximize Impact,” was published July 13 in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

“Physical inactivity has been characterized as a pandemic, accounting for 7% of all premature deaths per year globally and resulting in billions of dollars spent on health-related expenditures.”

Deborah Salvo, assistant professor of public health and lead author on the study