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LIVE: WHO and @Olympics signing Memorandum of Understanding. #WalkTheTalk…
"Thank you, President Thomas Bach, Dr Richard Budget & the @Olympics for your work in fostering this collaboration.
Thank you also for your support of the #COVID19 response, in particular for joining WHO in promoting the “#HealthyAtHome” and “#BeActive” campaigns"-@DrTedros
"Today's MoU builds on the longstanding relationship between WHO & the @Olympics.
Sport is a natural partner for WHO. By its very nature, sport is about participation, bringing individuals, communities & countries together & bridging cultural, ethnic & national divides"-@DrTedros
"Sport has an important role in achieving the @GlobalGoalsUN health targets & particularly the goal of increasing physical activity by 15% over the next decade.
Sport also contributes to:
-health & education
-promotes tolerance & respect
-empowers women & young people"-@DrTedros
"This new MoU enables us to work together across:
1⃣Advocacy for physical activity
2⃣Preventing noncommunicable diseases & promoting healthier lifestyles
3⃣Strengthening the health legacy of major sporting events such as the Olympic & Paralympic Games"-@DrTedros
"This new MoU enables us to work together across:
4⃣Promoting grassroots & community sports programmes to reach & encourage participation by more girls, older people & people living with disability
5⃣Strengthening collaboration between Min. of Sport & Min. of Health"-@DrTedros
"Today’s event also serves as the launch pad for the WHO Walk the Talk: #HealthyAtHome Challenge, which is taking place today.
I am grateful for the @Olympics’ support for this global virtual event to provide a healthy and positive start to the #WHA73.
"Together we can make it a reality that touches the lives of millions of people and helps to create a healthier, safer, fairer world for everyone, everywhere"-@DrTedros
Today, @Olympics & WHO teamed up to promote health through sport & physical activity. #COVID19 particularly affects people with diabetes, heart and lung disease and other NCDs so this shared step to reduce the risk of NCDs is timely.

Areas of collaboration between @Olympics & WHO also include:
✅Ensuring the health of athletes, supporters & workers at the games
✅Addressing NCD risk factors like water quality & air pollution
✅Ensuring games leave a healthy legacy in host countries
WHO & @Olympics also intend to work together to promote grassroots & community sports programmes for the general public, particularly among girls, older people and people living with disability who may find it harder to keep active and healthy.

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