Pedro Hallal (BRA)

Pedro HallalPedro C Hallal is an Associate Professor at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas. He works in the field of physical activity and health. Pedro is funded by the Wellcome Trust through a New Investigator Award. He was the leader of the 2012 Lancet Physical Activity Series. Pedro coordinates the Global Observatory for Physical Activity.

Physical activity for health and performance: travelers in parallel universes?

Abstract: Physical inactivity has reached pandemic proportions worldwide. Over 5 million deaths every year are attributable to physical inactivity. Around 80% of the adolescents worldwide practice fewer than one hour per day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. In this talk, I will address the public health causes and consequences of this pandemic. One of the main objectives of the talk is to bring sports back to the table when discussing physical activity promotion. In recent year, the fields of sports and physical activity have grown separately, like travellers in paralell universes. Here I plan to discuss the possibility of merging these two agendas towards more active and healthier societies around the world.