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Rationale and Aim
Increased in urbanisation and modern lifestyle discouraged participation to physical activity, that posing a major threat to public health. Nearly one third of adult all over the world are not physically active at levels recommended by the World Health Organisation. As such, improving participation in physical activity is a public health issue of urgent concern. Active design strategies support physical activities in order to address todays’ growing obesity and sedentary behavior. We can encourage lifelong healthy physical activity by preparing responsive and adaptive outdoor environments that reinforce self-directed movement experiences.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists conducting research in sport/physical activity management, public health, and active urban living areas from all over the world. Considering public health and physical activity management as a broader theme, scientists will present their latest results in physical activity/doing sport in urban open spaces with an emphasis on the application of their findings to perceive management needs. Public health policies, challenges for avoiding sedentary lifestyle and managing physical activities in different countries will be discussed in terms of the facilitating urban open spaces to promote physical activity and doing sport for all ages and abilities.
This sessions will be of interest to all researchers working in healthy urban living and physical activity/sport management and to all stakeholders and sport managers who need to make decisions about promoting sport and facilitating urban open spaces to stimulate physical activities for all ages and abilities. Managers will be provided with examples of how results from research can be used to develop and maintain active communities and address the issues in physical activity and sport management areas or to evaluate interventions for increasing the level of physical activities. Understanding the needs of residents in being active physically in a safe area for free and management challenges to address it is an essential component of developing programs, effective interventions and having realistic and cost-effective goals. Scientists will be provided with examples from managers on what types of information/knowledge are needed and how these results can best be utilised.
Stakeholders and managers will benefit from this session by understanding the scope of physical activity management research in relation to public health, what information has been compiled to date, and how these data can be used to address the challenges and goals. Scientists will benefit from this session by understanding what management needs are, and how they can tailor the presentation of the scientific results to address these management needs.
The sessions will have a balance between short presentations, impact cases (applied research projects), debates, and possibly hands on activities in-between/around the sessions.
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Roya Shokoohi, Hanze University of Applied Science
Kimmo Suomi, University of Jyväskylä