Health Promotion Forum


Accelerating Action on Physical Activity for Better Health and Well-being


  • Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council, United Kingdom
  • Wei Young Foo, Director of Corporate & Industry Partnerships, Singapore Health Promotion Board
  • Dr Vindya Kumarapeli, Director, Noncommunicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
  • Moderator: Dr Fiona Bull, Unit Head, Physical Activity Unit, WHO

Organised by RUN, WHO

Physical activity is a vital component of public policy, a must have component for promoting physical and mental health, preventing disease and achieving health for all and a healthier planet. Yet, global progress has been fragmented, uneven and is too slow to reach the target of 15% more active people by 2030. This forum will discuss WHO’s work on tracking progress on implementation of the policy recommendations outlined in the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 and hear how to successfully engage multiple sectors and diverse communities to promote and enable more physical activity.  Speakers will share perspectives from working at city and national level, and engaging across sectors, to support more people to be more active, regularly. Country examples will focus on building cross government collaboration to support the least active populations and the use of digital technologies to support behaviour change and link people with opportunities.