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Active Living and Physical Activity

The recognition that physical activity is an important ingredient of good health has identified that a low dose of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily –or 150 minutes of MFA a week- promotes health, though it will not suffice to defeat obesity.  But this is another matter. 

The important issue is that the stated recommendation (walking, biking, climbing stairs etc.) can be achieved while performing our daily routines. In fact, nearly 2/3 of physically active people in the developing world, particularly in Latin America and to some extent in the Caribbean, achieve this status walking for utilitarian purposes in their cities. This is great news as it converges with the policies of sustainable development and active transportation (e.g. walking, biking and transit use). 

We are actively working to create synergies with the transportation sector and city planning to advance the principles and practice of urban sustainable development which includes, compact urban growth, less use of private cars and greater reliance on transit. That approach to the city will produce three concrete outcomes: improve people’s health, enhance quality of life and prevent climate change problems.


•  “Active Cities, Healthy Cities” Contest Open for Nominations and Electronic Voting


•  Velo-City Sevilla 2011: The cycle of life (23-25 March 2011)

Sevilla calienta “pedales” para celebrar el Velo-City 2011
Escrito por Redacción Sevilla on feb 8th, 2011

H. Gro Brundtland, ex Primer Ministro Noruega, dara un discurso en la próxima Conferencia Velo-city en Sevilla Actualidad, Cultura, Deportes  por Jose Luis Pereyra Comentar Publicado 7 de Febrero de 2011

• Experto en Nutrición de OPS sostuvo que "la publicidad de alimientos no saludables es dañina para los niños"  21 February 2011

Documents and publications

Recommendations from a Pan American Health Organization Expert Consultation on the Marketing of Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children in the Americas (2011)

      English version      Spanish version


Jacoby E y Pardo Carlos F. Ciudades del automóvil, obesidad y cambio climático: Se alinean las crisis y también las soluciones

Sarmiento OL, Torres A, Jacoby E, Pratt M, Schmid T and Stierling G. 
The Ciclovía-recreativa:  A mass recreational program with public health potential. J Physical Activity and Diet.

Jacoby E.
Caminar y montar bicicleta en la ciudad: Excepcional contribución a la salud y bienestar públicos. In: Montezuma R (Ed) Innovar, planear y hacer: Ciudad de León 1994-2009, Ed IMPLAN de Leon, Mexico, 2009 pp 179-185

Gomez LF, Mosquera J y Jacoby E.
Cap 8: Salud, vida activa y ambientes urbanos en América Latina: las ciudades vuelven a ser importantes In: Editor Mardones F, Obesidad ¿Qué podemos hacer?, Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile, 2008

Cervero R, Sarmiento OL, Jacoby E, Gómez LF, Neiman A.
Influences of built environments on walking and cycling: lessons from Bogotá. Int J Sustain Transp 2009;3:203–26.

Parra D, Sarmiento OL,Gómez L.; Schmid L. Thomas; Mosquera J; Pratt Michael, Jacoby E; Neiman A.
Quality of Life and Physical Activity in Bogotá:  Does the Domain Matter? Am Pub Health A 135th Annual Meeting and Expo, November 3-7, 2007, Washington, D.C. Abstract # 148454.

Gomez LF, Parra DL, Lobelo F, Samper B, Moreno J, Jacoby E, Lucumi D, Matsudo S,  Borda C.  Television viewing and its association with overweight and obesity in Colombian children: results from the National Nutrition Survey (ENSIN 2005): A cross sectional study" Int J Berhav Nutr and Phys Activity 2007 Sep 19;4(1):41

JPAH Volume 7, Supplement, July 2010 Physical Activity Research in Latin America

Climate Change, Health and Transportation by Enrique Jacoby

"La publicidad de alimentos no saludables es dañina para los niños", sostuvo experto de OPS


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