National approaches to physical activity promotion

This project aims to facilitate the distribution of information on national approaches to physical activity promotion, including interministerial and intersectoral approaches and the challenges to overcome in their development and implementation.

A working group led by Dr Sonja Kahlmeier, University of Zurich, Switzerland, is collecting case studies on the development, content, implementation and evaluation of national physical activity policies in European countries.

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health and the University of Zurich, together with the University of Western Australia, developed a tool for auditing policies on health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). The policy audit tool (PAT) helps interested national agencies, institutes or other relevant groups promoting physical activity to assess within their own country the scope for policy actions to promote HEPA. It was piloted in 7 countries.

More information on the development of the tool can be found in the scientific publication “National policy on physical activity: the development of a policy audit tool”, and the technical report presenting results, conclusions and lessons learned. See the links below to access these publications.

Currently, work is underway to fill in version 2 of the PAT in 10–15 European countries, and to develop a dissemination tool. These initiatives are being carried out with support from the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme’s European Collaborative Partnership on Sport and Health Enhancing Physical Activity (EPHEPA) project.

To join this activity, please contact HEPA Europe at hepaeurope@who.int