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Agita Mundo Celebrates World Day for Physical Activity

By Sandra Matsudo, Brazil


Celebration of the World Day for Physical Activity took place on April 5, 2009.
Celebration of the World Day for Physical Activity took place on April 5, 2009.

The Agita São Paulo Program in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, organized the Celebration of the World Day for Physical Activity held on April 5. More than 30,000 people, including older adults from different communities of the city and metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, gathered in the city of Sao Paulo.

Activities during the Celebration of the World Day of Physical Activity included a parade that was over 3 km long and had four sound trucks that provided spectators the ability to sing, dance, and "agita" (move).

The World Day for Physical Activity has been celebrated since 2002, when the general director of World Health Organization proposed the annual celebration of this day around the world. The Agita Mundo Network, an international network to promote physical activity in the world, started the organization and selected April 5 as the Annual Day for Physical Activity.

The celebration of Agita Mundo in 2009 was themed "Active Neighborhood Builds Health" and had 2,342 events in 16 countries, on 4 continents, and gathered more than 5,240,664 people.

For more information, visit or view a for a video about Agita Mundo.


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