Elixir of life: Physical Activity

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The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, a renowned medical journal published a study about the relation of body-mass-index (BMI) and life-expectancy. Based on results from more than 2 million survey participants from the UK, the study showed that life expectancy for obese men and women was 4.2 and 3.5 years shorter respectively than people in the entire healthy BMI weight range.Consequently,people at the top and bottom ends of the BMI risked having shorter lives. BMI is calculated by dividing an adult's weight by the square of their heightwhearasa"healthy" BMI score ranges from 18.5 to 25.

Physical Activity is one of the most efficient and cost-effective measures to support a healthy body weight. However, the awareness for health-enhancing-physical-activity can be improved with only 4 out of 10 Europeans engaging in weekly physical activity (Eurobarometer Sport and PA in the EU 2017). EuropeActive is working with the EU-funded project Let’s #BEACTIVE and various initiatives on turning the tight of physical inactivity. The project is aiming to engage 60,000+ people in more physical activity with the support of local fitness clubs across Europe.