The JRC has recently published an overview on physical activity related to health in the European Commission’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway.

Almost half of the Europeans (46%) declare they never exercise or play sport. However, a physically active life is recommended for better health. Physical activity reduces, among others, risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain cancers, such as breast, prostate and colon, obesity, etc.


The cost of physical inactivity in the EU is estimated at 84 billion euro. This includes both healthcare and non-healthcare related costs. This cost could be avoided if all Europeans were to achieve an average of 20 minutes per day of simple and inexpensive activities such as walking and running.

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