Role of Physical Activity in Non-Communicable Diseases

Role of Physical Activity in Non-Communicable Diseases

Targeting NCDs with physical activity
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Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are one of the world’s largest health challenges. These diseases are Diabetes, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Mental Illness. According to the WHO 71% of all deaths globally are as a result of NCDs. Most NCD deaths are a result of cardiovascular disease, followed by cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes. These conditions result in over 80% of all premature NCD deaths. The risk of NCDs is influenced by modifiable behaviours and physical inactivity is one of the most important and relevant of these. This course will introduce the concept of Non-Communicable Diseases and will cover the role of physical activity in 5 diseases.


The aim of this course is to explore what effect physical activity has on the development and treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Non-communicable Diseases
  2. Diabetes
  3. Cardiovascular Disease
  4. Chronic Respiratory Diseases
  5. Cancer
  6. Mental Health

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.