African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences

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Promotion of physically active lifestyle among South African youth

J.M. Frantz, J.S. Phillips, S.L. Amosun


Physical inactivity is one of the major underlying causes of mortality in the world. Various studies have proven that a moderate amount of physical activity can help to reduce various chronic diseases of lifestyle. The current article reviews literature pertaining to the prevalence of chronic diseases of lifestyle in South Africa, and the rationale for promoting physical activity among the youth in order to prevent the prevalence of chronic diseases of lifestyle in later years. Recommendations on how to promote physically active lifestyles among South African youth are proffered.

Key words: Physical activity, lifestyle, chronic diseases, youth, promotion.

(Af. J. Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance: 2003 9(2): 200-206)

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