Access to health care, obesity, tuberculosis, and physical activity are just a few of the common issues that are still facing the world. This problem must be solved if we agree to support the global sustainable health development. Indonesia and the other World Health Organization (WHO) member countries must have the ability to fast respond and detect early on the emergence of diseases/problems that have the potential to disrupt public health and disturb the world. Fast response and early detection can be done by increasing disease prevention efforts. Not only prevent, but also intended to delay, reduce, and eliminate diseases by implementing some interventions that have been proven to be effective. We must promote, improve and strengthen our efforts to prevent diseases in order to achieve health development goals and high quality human resources throughout the world. Health education has an important role in an equitable and sustainable health development efforts. WHO claims that health is one out of three requirements in sustainable development. Sustainable development can be achieved when the percentage of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCD) continuously decline and when the community can achieve physical, mental and social well-being. To reach this point, health education can provide understanding to the community, so they are able to maintain and improve their health status.

Human health status can be seen from ones daily physical activities. Inadequate physical activity is one of the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCD) and death worldwide. WHO claims that lack of physical activity will increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 20-30% and shorten the life span to 3-5 years. Moreover, physical inactivity will burden the community through increasing medical care costs and loss of productivity. Health education and physical activity are important pillars that must be considered by the global community in order to strengthen disease prevention efforts for the realization of equitable and sustainable health development throughout the world. Healthy communities contribute to employee productivity, reduce expense on health care and greater social justice. Promoting the importance of physical activity at all ages will expand health development from generation to generation.

Sports Science Faculty, Universitas Negeri Semarang will be hosting the 5th International Seminar on Physical Health and Education (ISPHE), which will be held on July 22nd, 2020 in Semarang (Indonesia), in collaboration with the Health Education National Networking (JNPK) Indonesia, the Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI) and some prominent Indonesia universities in health education and sport (Malang State University, Gorontalo State University, and Manado State University). This seminar brings together academic experts and practitioners from South East Asia and beyond to share new knowledge, ideas and experiences pertaining to Public Health, Health Education, Physical Activity, Medicine, and Sustainable Health Development. The general theme of the seminar is “Strengthening Disease Prevention through Health Education and Physical Activity for Sustainable and Equitable health Development”. The seminar focusing its scope on: Promoting disease prevention efforts; Promoting health education and physical activity as a main pillar to achieve healthy communities; Raise awareness about how to maintain and improve the level of health either physically, mentally or socially; Promote the importance of physical activity; as well as Promote cooperation between universities, Research Centres, Sport Organizations, as well Health Institutions and Industry.