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Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2012;2012:873937. doi: 10.1155/2012/873937. Epub 2012 Dec 3.

The right to move: a multidisciplinary lifespan conceptual framework.

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Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, USA ; Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 1012 East Hall, 530 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.

Abstract

This paper addresses the health problems and opportunities that society will face in 2030. We propose a proactive model to combat the trend towards declining levels of physical activity and increasing obesity. The model emphasizes the need to increase physical activity among individuals of all ages. We focus on the right to move and the benefits of physical activity. The paper introduces a seven-level model that includes cells, creature (individual), clan (family), community, corporation, country, and culture. At each level the model delineates how increased or decreased physical activity influences health and well-being across the life span. It emphasizes the importance of combining multiple disciplines and corporate partners to produce a multifaceted cost-effective program that increases physical activity at all levels. The goal of this paper is to recognize exercise as a powerful, low-cost solution with positive benefits to cognitive, emotional, and physical health. Further, the model proposes that people of all ages should incorporate the "right to move" into their life style, thereby maximizing the potential to maintain health and well-being in a cost-effective, optimally influential manner.

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