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Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Jul 11;8(348):1453-7.

[Promotion of exercise in older people: issues and strategies].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Unité des services de santé, Institut Universitaire de médicine sociale et préventive, CHUV, Lausanne. laurence.seematter-bagnoud@chuv.ch


Regular physical activity is among the most effective interventions to prevent or delay functional decline and disability, even in older persons. Despite relatively strong scientific evidence supporting these benefits, the majority of older persons remain mostly sedentary. For these persons, concerns about injury or fear of negative consequences on their chronic diseases are among the most powerful barriers to participation in regular physical activity. Promotion of physical activity among older persons has therefore become one of the five main themes of the health promotion project "Via", a project that aims at promoting good practice in prevention and health promotion directed toward older adults in Switzerland. This paper summarizes the main recommendations issued from this national project supported by the Swiss Health Promotion Foundation.

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