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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.

news and communications

COVID-19: Diet and Healthy Weight Key Messages

Last Updated: 9/1/2020

Key messaging from Public Health Scotland on Diet and Healthy Weight during the phases of Covid-19 as of 28th August 2020.


Community Access Programme

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

The Edinburgh Leisure Community Access Programme (CAP) has a clear vision ‘to promote positive partnerships to create opportunities for everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more’ with a focus on those least likely to participate in sport and physical activity.


Play builds children

Last Updated: 3/7/2019

The Children’s Play Policy Forum policy statement Play Builds Children draws attention to the responsibility Government has for play and the leadership that is needed.

case study

Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

Last Updated: 2/27/2019

The Centre for Ageing Better has produced a best practice guide to delivery of strength and balance programmes and the importance of referral pathways from rehabilitation to community based provision of programmes for effective dose for prevention of falls and frailty


Strong, Steady and Straight: An Expert Consensus Statement on Physical Activity and Exercise for Osteoporosis

Last Updated: 2/27/2019

This resource from the Royal Osteoporosis Society aims to give health practitioners the information and tools needed to advise osteoporosis patients on correct exercises and movements that may: Promote bone strength to reduce fracture risk, Reduce falls risk, and Help with the pain and symptoms associated with vertebral fractures


Call for Articles: Social Inclusion: 'Sport for Development'

Last Updated: 2/26/2019

Social Inclusion, the peer-reviewed open access journal, is welcoming abstracts (1 July 2019 deadline) for articles in their 'Sport for Development: Opening Transdisciplinary and Intersectoral Perspectives' issue to be published March/April 2020

Evidence Brief

TravelWest: Transport and Health Essential Evidence

Last Updated: 2/25/2019

A wide selection of transport and health evidence briefings from this West of England transport hub, written by Edinburgh Napier's Dr Adrian Davis.

Evidence Brief

Transport Research Institute: Essential Evidence 4 Scotland

Last Updated: 2/25/2019

Transport Research Institute of Edinburgh Napier have been publishing a fortnightly one-page plain-English set of summaries on aspects of transport planning from robust peer reviewed studies.

professional support materials

BHF Exercise Referral Toolkit.

Last Updated: 2/18/2019

This toolkit was been developed by the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, to support professionals in designing, delivering, commissioning and evaluating exercise referral schemes.


Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

Last Updated: 2/5/2019

In-depth 'Step-by-step guidance and practical advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences' from Scottish Government


Public attitudes to reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland

Last Updated: 2/5/2019

An NHS Health Scotland report containing data from ScotCen's Scottish Social Attitudes survey on 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.

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. '


Moving Medicine

Last Updated: 11/9/2018

At ISPAH2018 the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine launched Moving Medicine, a free online evidenced-based resource supporting health professionals to raise the issue of Physical Activity with patients.


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.


Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity Fund

Last Updated: 7/25/2018

The Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity Fund provides short term additional resource into the sporting and community sector with two year grants to support organisations delivering sport and physical activity in their communities.

action plan

A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

Last Updated: 7/19/2018

Scottish Government have published 'A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan' which goes hand in hand with the Active Scotland Delivery Plan to promote a healthy and physical well-being.

action plan

A Healthier Future: Framework for the Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention of Type 2 Diabetes

Last Updated: 7/19/2018

Scottish Government have published 'A Healthier Future: Framework for the Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention of Type 2 Diabetes'. This framework details action for the prevention, early detection and early intervention of type 2 diabetes.

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.

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