Eight investments that work for physical activity
journal contributionposted on 04.06.2021, 15:29 by Karen Milton, Nick Cavill, Anna Chalkley, Charlie Foster, Sjaan Gomersall, Maria Hagstromer, Paul Kelly, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Jacqueline Mair, Matthew McLaughlin, James Nobles, Lindsey Reece, Trevor Shilton, Ben J. Smith, Jasper Schipperijn
Background: The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) is a leading global organisation 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 through consensus. Literature reviews were conducted to identify key evidence that would be relevant to policymakers in each sector or setting.
Results: The eight investment areas were: whole-of-school programmes; active transport; active urban design; health care; public education; sport and recreation; workplaces; and community-wide programmes. Evidence suggests that the largest benefit for population health will be achieved by combining these investments and implementing a systems-based approach.
Conclusions: Establishing consensus on ‘what works’ to change physical activity behaviour 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 eight investments described in this paper. These are available in the ‘advocacy toolkit’ on the ISPAH website (www.ispah.org/resources).
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences