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South African Journal of Sports Medicine

On-line version ISSN 2078-516X
Print version ISSN 1015-5163


GRADIDGE, P J-L. Targeting sedentary behaviour for behavioural change: Opportunities for new strategies. SA J. Sports Med. [online]. 2017, vol.29, n.1, pp.1-2. ISSN 2078-516X.

BACKGROUND: The South African online population is rapidly transforming into one which is always reachable. The economic benefits of this transition are vast; however, the impact on obesity and related diseases is potentially devastating DISCUSSION: In this commentary it is proposed that public health strategies be revisited to align with the contemporary digital evolution, particularly as increased web-based applications suggest higher amounts of sitting times CONCLUSION: It is necessary to gain a better understanding of the different domains of sedentary behaviour, and the manner in which they interact, to begin to develop strategies to reduce sitting time, and thereby reduce cardiovascular disease risk

Keywords : internet; health; obesity; South Africa; intervention.

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