Interventions on diet and physical activity : what works : summary report / [publication] : / World Health Organization ; [joint work of: J. Anderson... et al.] - Geneva : World Health Organization, 2009 - 42 p.

Recognizing the heavy and growing burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2004 (1). DPAS describes the responsibilities of many stakeholders to take action to improve diet and promote physical activity. One of the responsibilities of the World Health Organization (WHO) is to "identify and disseminate information on evidence-based interventions, policies and structures ". This priority is further underlined in the NCD Action Plan that was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2008. "Interventions on diet and physical activity: what works (What Works)" addresses this responsibility, and is presented in three independent parts. The first document provides policy-makers and other stakeholders with a summary of tried and tested diet and physical activity interventions aimed at reducing the risk of chronic NCDs. A second document, "Methodology", provides researchers and other interested parties with detailed information on the five stages of the methodology used for the review. This, the third part of "What Works", provides the detailed results of the review of the evidence evaluating the effectiveness of diet and physical activity interventions. All documents can be accessed via the DPAS web site at [Ed.]

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