ARTICULATING GLOBAL PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HEALTH WITH LOCAL CONCEPTIONS OF WELL-BEING AND RISK: THE CASE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

Authors


Correspondence to: Emer Brangan, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK.

E-mail: e.brangan@bristol.ac.uk

Abstract

If there is one thing that policy makers at the World Health Organisation and residents of the South African township of Langa are likely to agree on, it is that ‘just sitting’ is not good for you. The positions from which they approach this conclusion however differ profoundly. This research uses qualitative methods to investigate different conceptualisations of physical activity, health and well-being, and the implications of these differences for policy on the prevention of non-communicable diseases in low-income and middle-income countries, taking South Africa as a case study. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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