News (58)

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 11:52

PEN new publication

Torheim L. E., Løvhaug A. L., Sanne Huseby C., Henjum S., Terragni L., Poelman M., Harrington J., Vandevijvere S., & Roos G. (2023). Evaluation and prioritization of food environment policies in Norway using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI). Food & Nutrition Research, 67.

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 11:48

PEN new publication

Wendt J, Scheller DA, Flechtner-Mors M, Meshkovska B, Luszczynska A, Lien N, Forberger S, Banik A, Lobczowska K and Steinacker JM (2023) Barriers and facilitators to the adoption of physical activity policies in elementary schools from the perspective of principals: An application of the consolidated framework for implementation research–A cross-sectional study. Front. Public Health 11:935292. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.935292

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 10:38

PEN Special Issue is online!

The funded period of the PEN project ended in July 2022 and a journal supplement compiling important results is now available online, published by the Eur J Public Health. This special issue titled Creating evidence for public policies to improve diet and physical activity behaviours in Europe comprises 13 manuscripts that are output from the PEN project. Topics examined include new theoretical models to advance our understanding of the policy process and its evaluation. It provides an overview of priority public policies and policy areas most likely to sustainably reduce physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and sedentary behaviour. It explores the first steps in a bespoke policy monitoring and health surveillance system for Europe, and a refinement of our knowledge of appropriate research designs and methods for the quantification of policy impact. PEN results illustrate how best to evaluate the implementation and impact of policy in order to yield the best results for a healthy life of European citizens. Importantly, PEN has provided recommendations on equity and diversity to ensure that policy actions are inclusive as opposed to exclusive.

 The full supplement is available online at:

PAfH Physical Activity Policy and Intervention Evaluation Training Course Winter school to develop your knowledge in Physical Activity Policy and Intervention Evaluation
Dates: 16th and 17th January 2023
Venue: Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS Building, University of Limerick)
Friday, 07 October 2022 10:39

PEN Pre-conference symposium at EUPHA 2022

Evaluating implementation of public policy for the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition:  Why, how and what should this involve

Pre-conference symposium on Wed. 9 November, 9:00 – 12:30 CET in Gamma 6-7

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 09:48

PEN PA-EPI reports: new documents available

Irish Physical Activity EPI report

Following on from the official launch of the PEN PA-EPI in Brussels earlier this summer. This report was presented by researchers from the University of Limerick at a dissemination event on the 25th of August 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin. It provides information on the research underpinning the development of the PA-EPI as well as the results of the first study to utilise the PA-EPI for physical activity policy research.


Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:03

PEN new publication

Biondi B, Romanowska A, Birr K. Impact evaluation of a cycling promotion campaign using daily bicycle counters data: The case of Cycling May in Poland. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 2022;164:337-51. Link.

Friday, 09 September 2022 10:06

PEN new publication

Brukało K, Kaczmarek K, Kowalski O, Romaniuk P. on behalf of the PEN consortium Implementation of sugar-sweetened beverages tax and its perception among public health stakeholders. A study from Poland. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2022;9. Link.




Wednesday, 29 June 2022 13:51

PA-EPI is officially launched!

PEN researchers present the Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (PA-EPI)

The Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (PA-EPI) is a tool to designed to help answer the overarching question: how much progress have governments made towards good practice in improving PA environments and implementing physical inactivity prevention policies and actions? To address physical inactivity, a ‘healthy‘ PA environment is paramount. The PA environment is defined, for the purpose of the PA-EPI, as the collective physical, economic, political, and sociocultural contexts, opportunities, and conditions that influence one’s PA choices and behaviours.


Recording of plenary session on Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

Did you miss the main plenary session of the symposium on „Future directions for nutrition and physical activity policies to prevent NCDs across Europe” ?  We invite you to view it!

"Nutrition and physical activity policies - Benchmarking, best practice and potential“

View the recording of this session at VIMEO:

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