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In Spain, the Ministry of Health, through the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has developed a programme to promote a healthy diet and regular physical activity and sport, and prevent obesity, especially among children and youth (8).
Designed to move
The Ministry of Health gives the same importance to physical activity and sport practice as food – with physical inactivity being associated with increased risk of diseases such as hypertension, increased blood cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. Keeping active can be through your work or may take place in your leisure time. For some, it may be as simple as making some small lifestyle changes – maybe walking to work, leaving the car at home for short journeys or using the stairs instead of taking the lift. The important thing to consider is the amount of physical activity (duration) as well as the intensity and frequency.
Try and do some moderate intensity exercise (defined as exercise which leads you to breathe more deeply and break into a sweat) at least 30 minutes every day – if you can do 60 minutes even better!