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The global strategy on diet, physical activity and health has a primary objective to promote and protect health by guiding the development of an enabling environment for sustainable actions at individual, community, national and global levels. This in turn will lead to reduced disease and death rates related to unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. These actions support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The four main objectives of the Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health are:
The strategies actions will be based on the best available scientific evidence and the cultural context and will be implemented and monitored with WHO's support and leadership. However, a multisectoral approach that utilises the combined resources and expertise of all global stakeholders will be essential for sustained progress. Changes in patterns of diet and physical activity will be gradual, and national strategies will need a clear plan for long-term and sustained disease-preventive measures. On the other hand, changes in risk factors and in incidence of non communicable diseases may occur quite quickly when effective interventions are made. National plans should therefore also have achievable short-term and intermediate goals.
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