Prevention in Focus Webinar Series. World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior for Persons with Living with Disabilities: Process to Practice

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World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior for Persons with Living with Disabilities: Process to Practice

Join us for the next event in the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Prevention in Focus Webinar Series!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

About the Webinar

WHO released the first global public health guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior for people living with disabilities in 2020.

People living with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be physically inactive as those without disabilities, increasing the physical, mental, and social health risks. Lower participation reflects additional barriers faced, including physical, personal, social, and environmental barriers. Evidence suggests that there are no significant risks to engaging in physical activity that is appropriate to an individual’s current activity level, health status, and physical function. The health benefits accrued generally outweigh the risks. The evidence also emphasizes the benefits of limiting sedentary behavior.

This presentation presents an overview of the guidelines, their development process, and practical application. It highlights critical considerations for implementing the new recommendations for people living with disabilities, in line with the human rights agenda underpinning the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030: More Active People for a Healthier World and allied policies.

About Catherine Carty

Circle-cropped headshot of Catherine CartyDr. Catherine Carty leads the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport at Munster Technological University in Ireland. This chair has responsibility for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities as aligned with UNESCO global policy. She leads an international consortium to promote disability inclusion in and through sports, physical activity, and physical education. Dr. Carty advocates the sustainable development principle of no one left behind.

About Lindsay Lee

Circle crop headshot of Lindsay LeeLindsay Lee is an Analytics Solutions Architect with the Analytics Services team at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She previously served as a Technical Officer at WHO where she supported all aspects of the WHO Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation program, particularly focused on disability data. In her time at WHO, she helped contribute to WHO’s guidance on physical activity for people experiencing disabilities. She also worked on WHO’s initial guidance on protecting people living with disabilities amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in collaboration with other UN agencies, and she contributed to the development of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy and its implementation at WHO.