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Physical Activity

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In this POLHN self-paced program, you will learn what is physical activity and how it helps in improving the health of individuals and communities. The course also covers different age-related guidelines and provides information on intensity of the physical activity for different age brackets.

Key Features of the Course

After completing this online Physical Activity course, students will be able to understand:

  • What is Physical Activity.
  • How physical activity is defined by WHO.
  • What are the domains of physical activity. 
  • Recommendations for physical activity published by WHO. 
  • Benefits of physical activity for adults and children
  • Physical activity guidelines for adults and children as set by health professionals.
  • What is "Intensity" and its different levels.
  • Individuals at high risk or special consideration in terms of physical activity.
  • Risk factors and intensity levels defined for different individuals.
  • How you can promote and plan physical activity with respect to common framework within healthcare settings.
  • Prevention and reduction of non communicable diseases.


Module 1 is basically designed to understand the term "Physical Activity". The aim is to motivate people increase their activities which can mobilize their body muscles so that they can lead a healthy life. This module also presents some useful statistics about NCDs in adults and children.  
Module 2 focuses on the recommendations developed by relevant health professionals. There are detailed guidelines for adults and children with different age groups. You will also learn the intensity of physical activity.
In module 3, we will discuss those individuals which are at different risk levels in terms of physical activity. We will also going to discuss the intensity of physical activity for these individuals.
Module 4 explores the domains of physical activity. You will also study, how to promote and plan physical activity by using common framework for different domains.
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How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: PhyAct
Average length: 30 minutes
Effort: 2-3 hours
Number of modules: 4
Institution: World Health Organization
Subject: Physical Activity
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific NCDs and Health Through the Life Course

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organisation | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

POLHN has dedicated public health professionals in its DPS research team who have decade long experiences in Health Security and Emergencies, NCDs and Health Through the Life course, and Health Systems.

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Pacific NCDs and Health Through the Life Course

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