Advocacy in Action: Strong leadership from Thailand in ‘Walking the Talk’ on the Bangkok Declaration

The Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development was launched at the closing of the ISPAH2016 Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday 19th November.

The response from the Thai Government was swift. The issue was taken by the Thai Deputy Prime Minister Admiral Narong Pipatanasai to a Cabinet meeting on    Tuesday 22nd November. The ISPAH2016 Congress was reported by the Deputy Prime Minister, who is the Chair of Thai Health Promotion Foundation's Board of Governance. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has responded by instructing his cabinet ministers to order their respective ministries/agencies to arrange for their officials to exercise every Wednesday between 3:00pm and 4:30pm. 

Since this time the Prime Minister has joined in the physical activities every week - Nov., 23, Nov., 30, and Dec., 7. (pictured). General Prayut viewed that exercising would promote healthiness among the officials. It will help them energize and relax from tensions during the day, as well as to refresh their body and mind.   

 The Deputy Prime Minister said that “the launch of physical exercise sessions for government officials stemmed from scientific findings presented at the 6th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health held in Bangkok during November 16-19. The conference highlighted that many people these days tend to spend more time focusing on their smart phones and computer monitors while spending less on physical exercising, or doing no activity at all. This has resulted in increasing cases of non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, high blood pressure and cancer”.

Trevor Shilton

Co-Chair, Organising Committee, ISPAH2016