Welcome back to this week's Take 5, sponsored by Precor.
WHO Publishes Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled
As we all know, physical inactivity is a global problem made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and all that it entailed. And often, for the 1.5 billion people worldwide living with a disability, getting enough physical activity has become even more difficult than before.
Well, last week, the World Health Organization published the first guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behavior for people living with disabilities. These guidelines, led by longtime IHRSA friend and partner Catherine Carty, emphasized that there are no major risks to physical activity for people living with a disability as long as it's appropriate to their current activity level, their health status and physical functioning. These guidelines reflect the WHO's commitment to inclusivity and health equity as outlined in the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity that they produce.
It's also a great opportunity for fitness professionals and clubs to share innovation and expertise, both virtually and inside your four walls with every person and show our dedication to making the world healthier through regular exercise for people from all walks of life with all types of challenges and disabilities.
MIT Develops COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline App
The transmission of COVID-19 by airborne particles is something that's been on everyone's mind. And like many of you, all of us here at IHRSA are continually looking for different ways that clubs can ensure that they're being as safe as they can be. That's why we wanted to share some news of a promising new app created by two MIT professors. Alex Larcom, with IHRSA, will soon post an article explaining more about this app, but just to give you a little bit of information, and how it can impact the fitness industry, I wanted to share this with you.
So essentially, these professors use mathematical models based on chemical engineering and epidemiology principles that allow users to input their own information specific to their facility, regardless of size, which then calculates how many people can be in the facility, and for how long before they are theoretically exposed to COVID-19. Right now, the app is free online for anyone to use, and we'll include a link to this app in the description of the video. So be sure to keep an eye out for Alex's upcoming article.