The Olympic Games create wide-ranging benefits that can help their hosts adopt healthier and more sustainable lifestyles – often long before the Games begin, and long after they end. To celebrate World Health Day on April 7 – which this year focuses on keeping people and the planet healthy – we look at how past and future Games are helping create healthier environments for their host communities, boosting physical activity, showcasing climate solutions and promoting sustainable transport.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children and teenagers engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, while adults should do at least 150 minutes. But it notes that as many as 80 per cent of adolescents and one in four adults do not meet the recommended levels. Regular physical activity helps prevent non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and several cancers too. It also improves the quality of our daily lives.