A systematic overview of institutions and bodies active in physical activity promotion in Europe

S. Kahlmeier, C. Popp, B. W. Martin, A. Backovic-Jurican, W. Banzer, F. Berggren, E. Engelsman, C. Foster, M. Koornneef, J. M. Oppert, F. Racioppi, H. Rutter, R. Slachta, T. Vasankari, W. van Mechelen

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Abstract

Objectives: Growing interest in physical activity has led to the development of a number of organizations, networks and associations, including grass-root, professional and academic institutions. To maximize relevance and effectiveness of work undertaken in this field, we aimed at developing a systematic overview of institutions active in health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). Methods: Systematic, purposive weblink-search complemented by expert input; classification by institutional type, main activity and synergy with goals of HEPA Europe, the European network for the promotion of HEPA. Results: Of 127 identified institutions, 42 met the criteria of being European and active in physical activity promotion. 45.3% were NGO/associations, 33.3% were networks, 11.9% WHO units or platforms and 9.5% bodies of the European Commission. Sport was the main topic of 28.6% institutions. Health promotion was represented with 21.4%, physical activity promotion and transport/environment with 19.0% each, disease prevention with 7.2% and nutrition with 4.8%. Seven institutions had a high synergy to HEPA Europe’s goals. Conclusions: The search identified many institutions, networks and initiatives, which 1. reflects the growing interest in and importance of physical activity for a number of stakeholders, 2. provides increased capacity to address this important topic on a European scale and 3. creates a “critical mass” to push the agenda forward into clearer and synergetic directions. Systematically mapping key players is a useful tool for institutions active in an environment with a multitude of actors to ensure that activities provide added value, to avoid duplication and to promote partnership and efficient use of resources.
LanguageEnglish
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
JournalSwiss Journal for Sports Medicine and Sports Traumatology
Volume62
Issue number2
StatusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Physical activity, sport, public health, institutions, Europe

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Kahlmeier, S., Popp, C., Martin, B. W., Backovic-Jurican, A., Banzer, W., Berggren, F., ... van Mechelen, W. (2014). A systematic overview of institutions and bodies active in physical activity promotion in Europe. Swiss Journal for Sports Medicine and Sports Traumatology, 62(2), 13-18.

A systematic overview of institutions and bodies active in physical activity promotion in Europe. / Kahlmeier, S.; Popp, C.; Martin, B. W.; Backovic-Jurican, A.; Banzer, W.; Berggren, F.; Engelsman, E.; Foster, C.; Koornneef, M.; Oppert, J. M.; Racioppi, F.; Rutter, H.; Slachta, R.; Vasankari, T.; van Mechelen, W.

In: Swiss Journal for Sports Medicine and Sports Traumatology, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2014, p. 13-18.

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Kahlmeier, S, Popp, C, Martin, BW, Backovic-Jurican, A, Banzer, W, Berggren, F, Engelsman, E, Foster, C, Koornneef, M, Oppert, JM, Racioppi, F, Rutter, H, Slachta, R, Vasankari, T & van Mechelen, W 2014, 'A systematic overview of institutions and bodies active in physical activity promotion in Europe', Swiss Journal for Sports Medicine and Sports Traumatology, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 13-18.
Kahlmeier, S. ; Popp, C. ; Martin, B. W. ; Backovic-Jurican, A. ; Banzer, W. ; Berggren, F. ; Engelsman, E. ; Foster, C. ; Koornneef, M. ; Oppert, J. M. ; Racioppi, F. ; Rutter, H. ; Slachta, R. ; Vasankari, T. ; van Mechelen, W. / A systematic overview of institutions and bodies active in physical activity promotion in Europe. In: Swiss Journal for Sports Medicine and Sports Traumatology. 2014 ; Vol. 62, No. 2. pp. 13-18.
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