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Welcome

  • President of the Congress
  • President of the ISPAH

It is a great pleasure to invite you to join us for the V International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, to take place from the 8th to the 11th of April, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the first time ever, this meeting will take place outside the high income world. In a society in which 85% of the population live in low and middle income countries, public health needs to pay attention to such countries. Organizing this meeting in Brazil is a clear statement from the International Society of Physical Activity and Health that global health is its priority.

It is not a coincidence that this meeting will take place in Brazil. The country has its own congress on physical activity and health since 1997, publishes a national journal specific to the field, and has a scientific society since 2007. Brazil is also one of the worldwide leaders in the promotion of physical activity and presents growing scientific impact.

In the year of the World Cup, visit Rio de Janeiro and exchange with your colleagues from all over the world. As a bonus, enjoy one of the most amazing cities of the planet.

Pedro C Hallal
President of the V ICPAPH

I cannot contain my excitement as we plan the 5th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health for Rio de Janeiro. The event will be a remarkable accomplishment for many reasons. The one for which I am most proud is that it is being hosted in a country that is on the rise and will be our first Congress in a Developing Country. Our Brazilian colleagues
have already made major leadership contributions in the world of physical activity and public health. Victor and Sandra Matsudo and the Agita program have taught us how to leverage key partnerships to promote effective community wide physical activity programs. Markus Nahas in Florianópolis has been a leader for nearly 30 years in physical education; and the
President of the Congress Pedro Hallal has already made major global contributions in advancing the science in our field, particularly by leading the Lancet Physical Activity Series. Perhaps most importantly, the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Health in helping create the very successful Academia Saúde program for community-based promotion of physical activity is a model from which the rest of the world can learn a great deal.

Brazil is on the rise for many reasons. We can learn a great deal about physical activity and public health, particularly in the light of a developing country, from our Brazilian colleagues. Please join us as we continue the tradition of the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health.

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, Ph.D.
President of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health


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