Jaime Lissavetzky, President of the Fundación España Activa, stressed that “it is essential that all organizations promote the practice of physical activity through campaigns, economic benefits, awareness, among others.
(4-3-2022). On the occasion of the World Day Against Obesity, the Fundación España Activa has claimed the importance of fighting sedentary lifestyle from the institutions, demanding concrete actions such as awareness campaigns and physical benefits for the physically active.
According to data from the Spanish Obesity Society, 53% of the Spanish population is overweight and 17%, that is, eight million people, is obese.
On the other hand, data from the WHO indicate that physical inactivity is considered the fourth risk factor for mortality worldwide, causing 6% of total deaths, this translates into 5 million deaths per year.
Given these figures, the Fundación España Activa on the occasion of the World Day Against Obesity, wishes to focus on the importance of fighting sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity from the institutions. Specifically, Jaime Lissavetzky, President of the Fundación España Activa, has highlighted that “it is essential that all organizations promote the practice of physical activity through campaigns, economic benefits, awareness, among others. An active population is a healthy population and, after the health crisis we have experienced in recent years, it is key that health is a priority for all our institutions”.
Thus, from the entity he presides over, an action plan has been launched to promote the practice of exercise after the pandemic. This roadmap includes projects such as StartXti, a program of free activities developed and directed by qualified personnel that has been carried out in Asturias with the aim of bringing physical activity closer to all audiences, or Activate for a better life, an initiative with the that the institution seeks to promote active lifestyles in schools across the country.
Likewise, it has launched a campaign, in collaboration with the presenter Jorge Fernández and the journalist Angie Rigueiro, to make the population aware of the benefits of physical activity. Alejandro Lucía, Professor of Exercise Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the European University of Madrid, has also participated in this action.