Eight investments that work for physical activity

Milton, Karen, Cavill, Nick, Chalkley, Anna, Foster, Charlie, Gomersall, Sjaan R., Hagstromer, Maria, Kelly, Paul, Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L., Mair, Jacqueline, McLaughlin, Matthew, Nobles, James, Reece, Lindsey, Shilton, Trevor, Smith, Ben J. and Schipperijn, Jasper (2021) Eight investments that work for physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 18 (6). 625–630. ISSN 1543-3080

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Background: The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) is a leading global organization working to advance research, policy, and practice to promote physical activity. Given the expanding evidence base on interventions to promote physical activity, it was timely to review and update a major ISPAH advocacy document—Investments that Work for Physical Activity (2011). Methods: Eight investment areas were agreed upon through consensus. Literature reviews were conducted to identify key evidence relevant to policymakers in each sector or setting. Results: The 8 investment areas were as follows: whole-of-school programs; active transport; active urban design; health care; public education; sport and recreation; workplaces; and community-wide programs. Evidence suggests that the largest population health benefit will be achieved by combining these investments and implementing a systems-based approach. Conclusions: Establishing consensus on ‘what works’ to change physical activity behavior is a cornerstone of successful advocacy, as is having appropriate resources to communicate key messages to a wide range of stakeholders. ISPAH has created a range of resources related to the new investments described in this paper. These resources are available in the ‘advocacy toolkit’ on the ISPAH website (www.ispah.org/resources).

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 23:47
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79882
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2021-0112

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