Building Policy Capacities for Health Promotion
through Physical Activity among Sedentary Older People (PASEO)
The PASEO project intended to improve the implementation of programs for the promotion of physical activity among sedentary older people by helping build new policy capacities. PASEO set up national alliances and employed a process of co-operative planning to build both interorganisational (e.g. structures linking organisations) and intra-organisational capacities (e.g. personnel, resources). The project built on the EU-sponsored EUNAAPA project (2006–2008). Between 2009 and 2011, 15 European nations took part in PASEO, which was co-ordinated by Prof. Rütten. Funding (800,000€) was provided by the European Commission (DG Sanco).
Improving Infrastructures for Leisure-Time Physical Activity in the Local Arena (IMPALA)
The IMPALA project aimed to identify, implement, and disseminate good practice in the planning, financing, building, and managing of local infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity. IMPALA assisted in concerting efforts for the development of local infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity in EU member states, thus helping to reduce inequalities in access to infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity within and across nations. Between 2009 and 2011, partners from 12 European nations took part in IMPALA. Funding (550,000€) was provided by the European Commission (DG Sanco).
European Physical Activity Promotion Forum (MOVE)
The MOVE Project aims to identify, evaluate and disseminate good practice in physical activity promotion for socially disadvantaged target groups, with a special focus on ethnic minorities and migrants as well as on youths, women, and older people. More than 20 partners from all over Europe are joining the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) in this endeavor. Prof. Rütten is the scientific coordinator of the project. In addition, the Division of Physical Activity and Public Health supervises the implementation of pilot projects to test elements of good practice. Funding (676,000€) is provided by the European Commission (DG Sanco).
The Movement as an Investment for Health Project (BIG)
BIG aims to promote physical activity among women in difficult life situations. BIG developed and evaluated interventions using innovative approaches of WHO. The project was funded by the German Ministry of Research (450,000€). A follow-up project to test the transferability is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Health (BIGff, 80,000€). The Federal Ministry of Health presents BIG as a model project within the National Action Plan on Nutrition and Physical Activity and sponsors its transfer to other regions in Germany (BIGGER, 100,000€).