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Parliamentary questions
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8 July 2015
Question for written answer E-011001-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Viorica Dăncilă (S&D)

 Subject:  Sport for All
 Answer in writing 

Official statistics show that over 300 million persons worldwide are obese, and the main cause for around 3.2 million deaths annually is physical inactivity.

Doctors also argue that physical inactivity is the cause for a considerable number of health problems and that it is closely connected with the increase of the percentage of people affected by obesity.

Engaging in moderate sports activities, such as racewalking, cycling, swimming, basketball or other disciplines is beneficial for the body — it decreases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood sugar, etc.

On the other hand, practising sport and a good population health also translate into a lower level of costs in the national healthcare systems. As such, allocating funds for programmes that encourage the taking up of sports activities at all ages, such as ‘Sport for All,’ are investments with long-term beneficial effects.

How does the Commission intend to support the programmes put in place by the local and regional authorities concerning the construction of multi-functional sports facilities, in particular in the rural environment and small towns, in order to encourage the practising of sport and sports activities at all ages, both individually, and collectively?

Original language of question: RO 
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