Summer school on An Ecosystem Approach to Health Enhancing Physical Activity Promotion

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The WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity recommends to strengthen the systems necessary to implement effective and coordinated action to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. In order to achieve this, WHO/Europe aims to build capacity for national implementation and evaluation of HEPA policies by giving participants from the WHO European Region a relevant and contextual training, with the best available subject experts about the evidence base for a systems approach, as well as educate them about the necessary tools for implementation and evaluation, so that the participants can also become trainers themselves.
WHO/Europe would like to invite potential participants to apply to attend a workshop on health enhancing physical activity promotion utilising an ecosystem approach. The workshop will be held in Nice, France, in the lead up to the annual conference of the WHO European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA Europe). HEPA Europe is a WHO network which aims to provide a forum for the advancement of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) research, policy and practice across the WHO European Region.
In this workshop, participants with political, academic, and technical backgrounds from the WHO European region member states will meet to share knowledge and learn from experts on how to conduct health promoting physical activity programmes, as well as how to utilise a systems approach to strengthen multisectoral implementation of brief interventions and evaluate their impact. Systems thinking and complexity science (STCS) represent a vast multi-disciplinary field of established and emergent theories and methods that can be used to address the inherent challenges for tackling the epidemic of chronic disease at the global level, and this workshop will explore its intricacies and train participants in utilising STCS approaches. Current data and relevant case studies will also be used to support the development of evidencebased policies, and policy makers will receive training in prioritisation strategies.

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