The London Agreement on Golf and Health
ISPAH ePoster Library. Murray A. 10/15/18; 225052; 429
Dr. Andrew Murray
Dr. Andrew Murray
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Abstract Increasing physical activity is a key strategy for reducing the burden of NCDs, as articulated in the WHO Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, and the Bangkok Declaration on Global Health and Sustainable Development. The opportunity for golf to contribute to these strategies and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was noted by public health, policy, and golf industry leaders in 2016, noting that golf can provide physical activity for persons of all ages, can confer many health and wider benefits while providing potentially powerful advocacy and support for increasing physical activity more widely. Actions to support environments that reduce physical inactivity can provide social and nature connection provide benefits and can also significantly reduce healthcare costs, increase economic productivity and provide effective return on investments in sectors such as health, leisure, tourism, and major events. We share the London Agreement of Golf and Health, having achieved consensus using Delphi process to improve understanding of the health benefits and health issues associated with golf and the commitment of the global golf industry to show support for the aims of the WHO Global Action Plan, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. This consensus shares concrete actions that can be taken by golfers, potential golfers, the golf industry/ facilities and decision makers to improve health, and equality of access highlighting collaborative, international opportunities. External funding details The R&A and World Golf Foundation provided funding for Dr Andrew Murray's PhD.
Abstract Increasing physical activity is a key strategy for reducing the burden of NCDs, as articulated in the WHO Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, and the Bangkok Declaration on Global Health and Sustainable Development. The opportunity for golf to contribute to these strategies and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was noted by public health, policy, and golf industry leaders in 2016, noting that golf can provide physical activity for persons of all ages, can confer many health and wider benefits while providing potentially powerful advocacy and support for increasing physical activity more widely. Actions to support environments that reduce physical inactivity can provide social and nature connection provide benefits and can also significantly reduce healthcare costs, increase economic productivity and provide effective return on investments in sectors such as health, leisure, tourism, and major events. We share the London Agreement of Golf and Health, having achieved consensus using Delphi process to improve understanding of the health benefits and health issues associated with golf and the commitment of the global golf industry to show support for the aims of the WHO Global Action Plan, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. This consensus shares concrete actions that can be taken by golfers, potential golfers, the golf industry/ facilities and decision makers to improve health, and equality of access highlighting collaborative, international opportunities. External funding details The R&A and World Golf Foundation provided funding for Dr Andrew Murray's PhD.
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