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New Food and Activity Triangle 'infographic' from Belgium

Last Updated: 11/9/2018

'New nutrition and physical activity guides have just been published by the Flemish Institute for Healthy Living. Designed to make every citizen aware of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and to motivate them to make healthy choices, the models are based on a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of existing models, the behaviour of citizens, as well as nutrition, physical activity, and communication science. '


WHO's ACTIVE: a toolkit for countries to increase physical activity and reduce noncommunicable diseases

Last Updated: 11/9/2018

At Ispah2018 the World Health Organisation launched their policy toolkit ACTIVE for countries to increase physical activity and reduce non-communicable diseases.

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WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-2030

Last Updated: 7/13/2018

Launched in June 2018 the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-2030 is aimed at cutting Global Physical Inactivity by 30% by 2030


2017 European Week of Sport

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity. Three themed days will take place: • Saturday 23rd: Outdoors - A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active. • Sunday 24th: Sports Clubs - Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs. • Monday 25th - Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. To be part of the week you can register your event and use the promotional material supplied to help promote your event. Read more

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Central Scotland Green Network

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

Five new case studies are available to download from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) website. The case studies, which cover routes in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Belfast, Edinburgh and across the UK, offer a flavour of how active travel and green infrastructure can be integrated within different worldwide contexts. Green active travel routes represent the deliberate choice to combine natural planting, greenery or water systems together with paths for people on foot or on bike. The addition of green infrastructure to active travel routes provides multiple benefits. These include flood mitigation, climate change adaption, increased biodiversity, connectivity and a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.


New World Health Organisation Centre for Physical Activity and Health

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the University of Zurich as the new WHO Collaborating centre for Physical Activity and Health. They will support the implementation of the Physical Activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025. Over the next four years, the centre will seek to promote physical activity beyond the traditional provision of information, placing an emphasis on reaching people through supportive living environments. This includes doctors and health professionals, urban and traffic planning to support the everyday promotion of physical activity.


Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active Play Guidelines for under fives

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

New Zealand has released new guidelines Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives. These guidelines provide population health advice to support practitioners, early childhood educators, regional sports trusts and others who provide advice to parents, care givers or families on physical activity for children under five years of age. The guidelines include discouraging screen time for children under two and limiting screen time to less than one hour every day for children aged two and over, providing regular activity breaks to limit the amount of time a child spends sitting and plenty of opportunities for active play The full article can be accessed below:

Evidence Brief

Urban Greenspace Interventions and Health

Last Updated: 6/26/2017

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report provides the results of an evidence review and an assessment of local case studies on urban green space interventions. Interventions to increase or improve urban green space can deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly among lower socioeconomic status groups. However, there is a need for better inclusion of health and equity outcomes in studies on green space interventions, and an improved monitoring of local green space management and related health and equity impacts. Local experiences and urban practice suggest that multidisciplinary planning, cross sectoral collaborations and community engagement in the planning process are essential to ensure that urban green space interventions deliver on multiple outcomes and provide a variety of functional opportunities that attract different population groups. Urban green space interventions seem to be most effective when a physical improvement to the green space is coupled with a social engagement/participation element to promote the green space and reach out to new target groups.

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Development of a draft global action plan to promote physcial activity

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published plans for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2018. An overview of the process for developing the global action plan is below. • May 2017 - A zero draft of the global action plan to include the proposed vision, strategic objectives and set of actions/interventions for all relevant stakeholders. • June 2017 - A technical advisory group will convene to review the zero draft and the output will be a first draft of the plan. • July-September 2017 - An open, web-based consultation on the first draft of the plan and, where feasible, regional consultations with member states. The contributions will be used to develop a second draft. • September 2017 - A consultation with the United Nations agencies in Geneva on the second draft and the contributions will be used to develop a third draft. • October 2017 - Submission of the third draft to the WHO Department of Government Bodies for processing and translation, in time for consideration by the WHO Executive Board in January 2018 • March 2018 - Member state will consider the draft global action plan • March 2018 - Submission of the final draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies • May 2018 - Member bodies to consider the final draft. More information can be found on the World Health Organisation website:


World Day for Physical Activity on Wednesday 6th April

Last Updated: 2/15/2017

World Day for Physical Activity will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2016. “Active Child; Healthy Adult” is this year's central theme. Celebrate by organising an event and/or activity that encourages individuals and various community groups to be active. Register your event on the website to contribute to the log of activities taking place across the world. These events can be publicised by downloading promotional posters from the World Physical Activity Day website.


Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development

Last Updated: 12/15/2016

At the recent ISPAH 2016 Congress, delegates and ISPAH members produced a new position statement aimed at advancing the global agenda and action on physical activity. The Bangkok Declaration (BKKD) is a consensus statement on the importance of physical activity for global health and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and identifies how population based action on physical activity will contribute to achieving eight of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agreed in 2015. The particular focus of the BKK Declaration is on these important and political relevant co benefits of action to increase physical activity. As a follow up to the Toronto Charter (2010) and the 7 Best Investments for Physical Activity (2011), the BKKD is a short 4-page advocacy tool and road map for investment and actions at country, regional and global levels. It provides a clear case for partnerships with sectors inside and outside of health and is a new lever for advocacy and investments aligned with the SDG 2030 Agenda. Additional supporting materials will be also be available soon such as draft letters of introduction to Ministers and government officials.

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Parks Build Healthy Communities in the USA

Last Updated: 2/5/2016

The National Park and Recreation Association has published a report containing successful case examples of strategies that have been effective in building healthy communities in America through parks and recreation.


Green Prescription

Last Updated: 2/5/2016

A number of urban park and greenspace initiatives have been taking place in the USA and New Zealand.


Event Calendar

Last Updated: 9/11/2015

On this page you will find a physical activity calendar detailing local, national and international conferences, events and physical activity campaigns.

research review

Creating Places That Promote Physical Activity

Last Updated: 8/27/2015

Active Living Research have published research on physical activity and perceptions of public space.

policy and implementation

Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action

Last Updated: 1/28/2015

The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action was launched on Saturday 8 May 2010 at the 3rd International Congress for Physical Activity and Health in Toronto Canada during the closing plenary session.


Walking in the City of Signs: Tracking Pedestrians in Glasgow

Last Updated: 11/19/2014

A paper that aims to 'determine the way in which materialities within the environment influence pedestrians’ movements when searching for signs', conducted in Glasgow's city centre.


The Lancet Supports Physical Activity Promotion

Last Updated: 8/6/2012

The Lancet has published a Series on physical activity, including a new analysis that quantifies the global impact of physical activity on non-communicable diseases.


Non Communicable Disease Prevention: Investments that Work for Physical Activity

Last Updated: 2/25/2011

This is a companion document to the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action, launched in May 2010.

policy and implementation

Global Recommendations on Physical Activity For Health

Last Updated: 10/20/2010

WHO developed the Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health with the overall aim of providing national and regional level policy makers with guidance on the dose-response relationship between the frequency, duration, intensity, type and total amount of physical activity needed for the prevention of NCDs.

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