Physical Activity

Physical Activity is defined as any bodily movement that burns energy with the movement of muscles. This includes any motion you may do throughout your day such as:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Taking the stairs
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Cleaning your house
  • Sporting activities

NOTE: The activities listed above exclude sitting and lying down.

Physical activity has many benefits that can be seen over a short and long term period e.g.:

  • Increases your chances of living longer
  • Improves brain health, mood & energy level
  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • Supports weight management
  • Strengthens bones and muscles
  • Improves quality of life
  • Reduces your risk of depression, anxiety and promotes better sleep experience

If everybody in Jamaica became physically active, we could prevent:

  •       13% of breast cancer
  •       14% of colon cancer
  •       8% coronary heart disease
  •       10% of type 2 diabetes

Physical inactivity results in 6% Global Mortality and 12.8% death rates in Jamaica.

In Jamaica, if we improved our physical activity we could add 1 Year in life expectancy to enjoy good health!

If you are living with any Non-Communicable Disease, Physical activity can help in your journey to recovery, as it is shown to reduce the risk of recurrence for:

Breast Cancer

Up to 40%

Colon Cancer

Up to 50%

Prostate Cancer

Up to 30%

Tips on How to be Physically Active:

If you are considering increasing your physical activity, use this link ( to take the PAR-Q quiz to assess your readiness for physical activity.

Become physically active at:

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