The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously agreed to work toward curbing the risk factors of noncommunicable diseases(NCDs), including the four most common: diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. Sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol abuse and poor diet have been cited as the major risk factors to developing NCDs. Currently NCDs account for 63% of all deaths. That number is expected to increase by 17% over the next 10 years. And one quarter of all people who die from NCDs die in the prime of their lives.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has made clear the absolute necessity of physical activity and sports in improving global health, without which will result in a “soon-to-be catastrophic threat to global health as well as economies and productivity.” Physical inactivity not only results in disease and premature death, but health care costs related to treatment of pathology associated with inactive lifestyles increase dramatically.
“This defines yet another reason why sufficient exercise/activity accommodation is absolutely necessary for children with chronic disabilities, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth” says Dr. Robert Chetlin of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. According to Dr. Chetlin “active children are more likely to become active, functionally independent adults and are much more likely to be less of a burden on our already fragile health care system.”
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