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Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2012 March;65(1):115-25

language: English, Italian

Gaining health: sport, exercise and other activities to reduce physical inactivity in school-age

Stafisso B., Anastasio F., Ceccaccio B., Passeri L., Calandro S.

Sports Medicine Unit, ASL2 Umbria, Perugia, Italy


Chronic diseases have been defined as the epidemic of the third millennium. They cause 86% of deaths and 75% of healthcare costs in Europe. However, the preventive policies taken to tackle the growing number of modifiable risk factors are quite insufficient. The present study, part of the European Gaining Health project, analyses nutritional status and prevalence of risk factors in Umbrian primary and secondary school children through a questionnaire conducted in the school. The results that emerge from the study show that the phenomenon of obesity and overweight children is expanding in the region of Umbria as elsewhere and is largely due to improper lifestyles. The study also makes clear that it is necessary to continue extending actions involving the growth of the individual to all areas, encouraging the assumption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Schools are key for promoting health and may contribute to the protection of children’s health by cultivating healthy eating and physical activity.

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