First European collaborating centre on physical activity and public health designated in Germany

Institute of Sport Science and Sport

From left: Mr Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of the Interior; Professor Alfred Rütten, head of the collaborating centre; Dr João Breda, WHO/Europe; and Professor Karl-Dieter Grüske, President of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Photo: Erich Malter, Institute of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany.

The Institute of Sport Science and Sport at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, has been officially designated the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity and Public Health. It is the first collaborating centre in the WHO European Region to deal specifically with this issue.

The Institute will support WHO in monitoring and research on physical activity and health. Tasks include technical advice on updating WHO/Europe’s nutrition, obesity and physical activity (NOPA) database; analysing social inequalities related to physical activity; and assisting in developing a WHO European strategy on physical activity.

During a ceremony at Erlangen Castle in Germany, Dr João Breda, Programme Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at WHO/Europe, presented the designation letter to Professor Alfred Rütten, head of the new Collaborating Centre, on behalf of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Since 1948, WHO has designated outstanding research institutions around the globe to support its work. At present, more than 800 centres worldwide collect and analyse surveillance data, provide expert advice and support the development of guidelines for health.