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Letters WHO’s goal for physical activity

Getting sedentary people moving through active travel

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h725
  1. Anthony A Laverty, research fellow1,
  2. Thiago Hérick de Sá, PhD student2,
  3. Carlos A Monteiro, professor2,
  4. Christopher Millett, National Institute for Health Research professor of public health1
  1. 1Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
  2. 2Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  1. a.laverty{at}

We welcome the recent focus on whether current international physical activity targets are appropriate given that the largest health benefits come from increasing activity in the most sedentary.1 2 In the discussion on how to increase physical activity, however, walking and cycling for travel (active travel) received only a perfunctory mention. Sparling and colleagues recommend activities such as …

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