Physical activity plan pays off for Brazilians

The São Paulo government has implemented an Agita (move) campaign encouraging citizens to do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. In addition they funded more walking and cycling tracks for the town’s 600,000 inhabitants.

Under the program, it is estimated that sedentarism has decreased from 9.6% in 2002 to 2.7% in 2008, which has saved the state health budget US$310 million a year.
The Lancet 2012; 380:206