China bids to improve fitness levels

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:323
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    The Chinese government is determined to improve fitness by encouraging sports among its increasingly sedentary population. The State Physical Culture and Sports Commission last week announced the start of a “grand physical training project,” which includes setting up new exercise facilities in 20 large cities.

    Since economic reform started in 1979 rising standards of living have taken their toll on the population's general health. The medical afflictions of developed countries, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, are all increasing in China.

    The level of fitness among Chinese …

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