Development of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health

To support and efficiently coordinate its activities in the field of health promotion policy research, the Division for Physical Activity and Public Health currently cooperates with WHO Europe to develop a WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health. The centre will focus on the following key areas:

Assisting Development of the WHO Europe NOPA Database

The centre will support WHO Europe in further developing the European database on nutrition, obesity and physical activity (NOPA), with a special focus on policy-related data. Activities will include

  • support to WHO concerning of data entry and coding management
  • support to WHO concerning data analysis and reporting
  • collection of additional data on physical activity policies
  • exploration of optimized mechanisms for updates and for including longitudinal data

Improving Policy-Making Concerning Infrastructures for Leisure-Time Physical Activity

The centre will build on the division's previous projects in the field of physical activity infrastructures to assist WHO Europe in supporting infrastructure-related policy development by national governments in the WHO Europe Region.

Increasing the Evidence Base for Policy Action

The centre will help increase the evidence base for policy action in physical activity promotion by conducting research on policy-makers' perception on health promotion. The division and its partners from France, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia are currently preparing several grant applications for cross-national research endeavors.

Addressing Social Inequalities in Physical Activity Promotion

The centre will cooperate with WHO to identify, evaluate and develop innovative approaches to physical activity promotion for underserved populations (including socially disadvantaged groups, women in difficult life situations, migrants and older people). The division and WHO are currently preparing a joint grant proposal on social innovation in physical activity (SINOPUS) for the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (DG Research).