we, the most sedentary in Italy

Molise is the second most settled region in Italy. Before us only Sicily. Why? why there is no sports culture (as a tool for health and psychophysical well-being), there are not enough public facilities (not even for schools) and these few existing public structures are in a poor state questionable maintenance.

Here is the photo of our region which marks in red – with a percentage of 53.04% sedentary – the state of sport in our region. To the core: more than half of the population does not practice motor activity as a way of life.

Say it’s Svimez. And he did it publicly at a conference at the Olympic Stadiumduring which the investigation was illustrated in the presence of the president Uisp Tiziano Pesce, the director of Svimez Luca Bianchi, the president of Sport and Health Vito Cozzoli, and by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Andrea Costa.

Data that penalizes us once again and highlights that Molise down there is both a deficit in terms of supply (sports infrastructure) and in terms of demand (socio-cultural habits). All this affects individual health with an increase, of course, in health expenditure. Unsurprisingly, healthy life expectancy from age 65 for adults in the south is still 3 years lower than for adults in the center-north.

Because to put it simply: southerners do not play sports and die earlier. The percentage of people in the North who play sports is 70%. The South reflects the percentage of Molise. Moreover, barely 20% of the inhabitants of the South do sports continuously. The consequences of this state of affairs are obvious: 12.08% of adults in the South are obese compared to around 10% in the Centre-North, nearly one in three children between the ages of 6 and 17 is overweight in the southcompared to one in five boys in the Centre-Nord region, with consequent obvious social costs on the national health system.

Those who practice sport regularly see their health expenditure reduced by 97 euros, while occasional sports activity has no significant effect on health expenditure. On the other hand, those who do not practice sport see their health expenditure increase by 52 euros. Habits and lifestyles are also important in explaining household health expenditure. A smoker spends 87 euros more, while a person who drinks every day spends 40 euros more.

Among the other differences that stand out, there is that concerning the type of sports facility: in the northern regions, more than one in two athletes uses a sports facility owned and/or managed by the public. in the South (and in Molise) only 37.5% practice sports in a public establishment, while 62.5% can only practice sports in one establishment. The gap arises because – it is enough to turn around – in our region there is less dissemination of public sports facilities.

It goes without saying that strengthening public intervention in the sport sector is fundamental to the production of widespread social benefits for the community. It is necessary to bet – and the rapporteurs of the investigation say it – on the maintenance of existing facilities, which is a crucial factor for the provision of a quality service. And we must work so that public intervention, from the resources of the NRP, can give a new impetus to the sector, both to improve the state of psychophysical health of the community and to minimize unhealthy lifestyles, especially among the younger generations.

For the director of Svimez Luca Bianchi: “The territorial gap in the distribution of sports practice appears clearly, with significant consequences on the health, especially of children in the South. It is crucial, especially for the South, to be able to fully understand the appropriateness of the means allocated by the Pnrr. This will not only make it possible to overcome the crisis in the sports sector exacerbated by the pandemic, but above all to reduce inequalities between citizens and territories, with the aim of improving the state of psychophysical health of the community and jointly in the medium and long term to reduce the public and private costs associated with sedentary and unhealthy lifestyles“.

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