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Steps to Health: A European Framework to Promote Physical Activity for Health

Last Updated: 5/7/2021

This document provides Member States, experts and policy-makers with guidance on designing and implementing physical activity-promoting policy and action, aspart of a national public health agenda and through multisectoral cooperation.

news and communications

COVID-19: Physical Activity Key Messages

Last Updated: 9/2/2020

Key messaging from Public Health Scotland on Physical Activity during the phases of Covid-19 as of 31st of August 2020.

information for the public

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. '

resource

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.

action plan

Scottish Government Active Scotland Delivery Plan

Last Updated: 7/13/2018

The Scottish Government has published their Delivery Plan for Physical Activity and Sport with the ambition to cut physical inactivity by 15% across Scotland by 2030, in line with the WHO's Global Action Plan for Physical Activity.

action plan

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

Uncategorised

Physical Activity Resources

Last Updated: 6/29/2018

There are a number of resources available to help professionals in Scotland to encourage the people that they work with to be more physically active. The resources, although useful, can often be hosted on different sites and by different organisations. PAHA has created this page to assist you in your efforts to promote physical activity by creating a one stop shop for physical activity resources.

guidance

Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines

Last Updated: 4/20/2018

Invitation to the Scientific Consensus Meeting for the update of the UK CMO 2011 physical activity guidelines, held on 20th June, 2018.

guidance

NICE guideline: Physical activity and the environment

Last Updated: 4/20/2018

The NICE guideline for 'Physical activity and the environment' has been updated and replaced the 2008 version..

policy consultation

Consultation launched on children’s health and physical activity

Last Updated: 3/16/2018

ukactive has launched a new consultation that will help to shape the future of children’s physical activity across the UK. The consultation will focus on developing opportunities in three key areas: the organisations and institutions that children and young people experience, the physical environment that children and young people grow up in and the social environment that children interact with. ukactive wants written evidence which captures the views of children, young people, parents, teachers, activity providers, social workers, policy experts, business leaders, healthcare professionals and anyone else with a stake in children’s health to help plot the next chapter in the health of Britain’s children. The deadline for responses is Friday 1 June 2018. More information is available below:

projects

NHS Greenspace

Last Updated: 2/23/2018

Making the most of the NHS outdoors estate to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

projects

Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Physical activity through sport or recreation has been proven to have a positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing. Supported by funds from Comic Relief, SAMH embarked on a project to understand why people experiencing a mental health problem can find it difficult to participate in physical activity. This was particularly important as there is much evidence to suggest there is a link between regular physical activity and improved mental health. Work on the Charter was launched by SAMH Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, in 2016 and was developed through the People Active for Change & Equality (PACE) project with representatives from: NHS Health Scotland Sportscotland SPORTA Scottish Student Sport North Lanarkshire Leisure KA Leisure Glasgow Sport The result is Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport which sets out how sport and recreation organisations can adopt positive mental health practice to ensure everyone can engage, participate and achieve in physical activity and sport. Read the charter below:

report

Public attitudes to reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

This report contains data from ScotCen's Scottish Social Attitudes survey. It looks at how overweight and obesity and their consequences are recognised by people in Scotland. It also discusses barriers to maintaining a healthy weight, diet and physical activity. It then goes on to discuss who is responsible for reducing obesity, and what public support there is for this.

funding

New Sport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 1/19/2018

Spirit of 2012 today launches a new Sport Challenge Fund, offering a grant opportunity for a project that opens up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group. Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation. Research from Sport England shows that sport and physical activity can boost mental health, wellbeing and connect people, helping to reduce social isolation. However, the demographics of sport participation do not evenly reflect the demographics of the country, or of the communities where sport is played. The Spirit of 2012 Sport Challenge Fund will award £200,000 to a single project in Wales or England that brings new people together to enjoy being physically active. An essential element of this will be including time for social contact, in order that the project increases the mental as well as physical wellbeing of participants. Our preference will be for applications that focus on a beneficiary group not usually targeted with sports and physical activity provision – including but not limited to disabled people, those with long-term health conditions or an under-represented ethnic group or gender. Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 9am on 19 February, 2018. More information can be found here:

report

Best buys for preventing NCDs

Last Updated: 1/12/2018

The World Health Organization has released a list of ‘Best Buys’ and recommended interventions to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The best buy for physical activity is considered to be the implementation of community-wide public education and awareness campaigns for physical activity which include mass media campaigns combined with other community-based education, motivational and environmental programmes aimed at supporting behavioural change of physical activity levels. Other cost effective interventions include the provision of physical activity counselling and referral as part of routine primary health care services through the use of brief interventions. The list also contains recommended interventions that have not been subject to a cost analysis. The report contains 88 interventions for: the four key behavioural risk factors for NCDs - tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity four key disease areas - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease.

report

Obesity Statistics in Scotland

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician summarises the latest figures on obesity in Scotland. The purpose of the report is to monitor the progress of the Scottish Government’s Prevention of Obesity Route Map. In 2016, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese. Levels of overweight and obesity increased between 1995 and 2008, but have remained relatively stable since then. Sixty four percent of adults aged 16 and over met the current moderate/vigorous physical activity of at least 150 minutes per week. There has been no significant change to this proportion since 2012. Seventy six percent of children are active for an average of 60 minutes per day (including school-based activity). Trends in physical activity for children have fluctuated over the years but the 2016 figure is the joint highest along with 2014.

clinical practice guidelines

UK physical activity guidelines review

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The current UK physical activity guidelines were published by the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in 2011 and offer evidence-based recommendations for physical activity related health outcomes. A review will be conducted to provide updated practical public health guidelines and develop potential implementation pathways for all groups, from healthcare to communication professionals. Over the next 12 months, six Expert Working Groups (EWGs) will work with key national stakeholders to review the current guidelines and present new recommendations to the four UK CMOs based upon the latest scientific evidence. The groups will comprise of UK and international experts in the field, and will reflect on the four age ranges of UK physical activity guidelines (under 5s, children and young people aged 6 to 18, adults aged 19 to 64 and older adults aged 65 plus). A new CMO Expert Working Group for sedentary behavior across the life course and a CMO Expert Guidelines Implementation and Surveillance Working Group will also be formed. Read more below:

funding

Paths for All - Community Active Travel Grants

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

The grants aim to empower communities to make changes to paths in their area that will make it easier for people to make every day journeys by active travel such as cycling and walking. They will give priority to projects that: improve paths so it’s easier for people to use them and be more physically active; show people where active travel routes are; provide opportunities and encourage people in communities to work together. The grant will fund active travel routes to schools, to places of work, other popular places within towns and routes that help connect communities. More here:

resource

Planning Cities to boost Physical Activity

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

A new publication - Towards More Physical Activity in Cities - from the World Health Organization/Europe is offering guiding principles to help countries transform urban settings and public spaces to promote physically active lifestyles. It explores options and strategies to boost physical activity in cities and advocates urban planning as a means to prevent physical inactivity. The report discusses options for improving the physical infrastructure and spaces in cities and towns to transform the quality of public spaces and encourage more physical activity. The report offers an analysis of existing initiatives designed to boost physical activity in cities, aiming to move such initiatives forward. It also focuses on recent case studies of urban planning to promote physical activity. It specifically explores examples from parts of Europe that have been less studied, and aims to demonstrate how common principles and concepts in urban planning can be used to encourage greater levels of physical activity.

survey data

Greenspace Use and Attitude Survey 2017

Last Updated: 11/20/2017

The 2017 greenspace public use and attitude survey shows the downward trend in the deteriorating quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued.  Whilst the survey confirms that Scots still love their parks, with over 90% of urban Scots saying it is important to have greenspace in their local area, the quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued to decline, and this means that fewer people are using their local greenspaces regularly. 40% of people agreed or agreed strongly that the quality of their local greenspace has reduced in the last 5 years (up from 33% in 2011) and this figure rises to 50% for people living in the more deprived areas (up from 35% in 2011). From a peak, in 2009, when nearly two-thirds (63%) of urban Scots used their local greenspace once a week or more often; frequency of use and quality ratings have fallen steadily, with less than half (43%) of Scots visiting their local greenspace weekly in 2017.  Encouragingly, the survey found significant increases in people wanting to have more of a say in how their greenspace is managed and to get involved in activities to improve their local greenspace; with respondents in the younger age groups and from the most deprived areas more likely to strongly agree.

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