Health Surveillance and Disease Management / Noncommunicable Diseases / CARMEN

10th International Course on Physical Activity and Public Health: Move for Health
(2nd Course of the CARMEN School in Guatemala: Antigua, 13–16 November 2007)

CARMEN School Course in Guatemala

Agenda (PDF, 101 Kb)

PAHO Links
- Noncommunicable Disease Unit
- Chronic Disease Newsletter

WHO Links
- Chronic Diseases
- Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion
- Move for Health Initiative

Move for Health

Collaborative training activity held within the framework of the WHO Initiative Move for Health

This was the second CARMEN School course to be held in Guatemala, dedicated to the topic on Physical Activity and Public Health, in accordance with the WHO global program Move for Health. The course gathered participants from various health districts (Xela and Guatemala City) of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, (MSPAS), as well as from several universities (Marro, Galileo, del Valle, Rafael Landívar, San Carlos) and municipalities, e.g. various CARMEN demonstration areas (Mixco, Villa Nueva, and Guatemala City), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the area of diabetes and heart health, and the private sector.

PAHO wishes to acknowledge the fine level of support provided by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala, especially Dr. Judith Cruz.

Instructors were from PAHO Headquarters (Branka Legetic of the Noncommunicable Disease Unit), PAHO-Guatemala (Maggie Fisher), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, represented by Mike Pratt), the University of Tennessee (Gregory Heath), and the Physical Activity Network of the Americas (RAFA/PANA, represented by Victor and Sandra Matsudo).

Regional Strategy

Physical activity was presented as a protective factor for health against chronic diseases. Considered as the main policy documents to follow were the WHO Diet and Physical Activity Strategy (DPAS) and the PAHO Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health. The aspects of urban planning and social and individual responsibility were discussed, as well as tools for monitoring and evaluating physical activity (PA). A session was also held on planning PA projects.

For more information, see the agenda.