This document provides an overview of the extent to which the National government in the Netherlands has developed and implemented physical activity policies. It holds an important role in the PA-EPI process, being collaboratively compiled with Dutch government officials and serving as a tool for independent experts to rate Dutch physical activity policies. The document was launched in January.
This report can be downloaded HERE.
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. https://doi.org/10.29219/fnr.v67.9117
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
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: https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/issue/32/Supplement_4
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
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.
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.
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:
The policy symposium "Future directions for nutrition and physical activity policies to prevent NCDs across Europe" started today!
Further details are available at the dedicated website at https://www.jpi-pen.eu/policy-symposium.html