Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity

Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity

Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity

Too few people around the world are physically active enough to  reap the public health, wealth, and wellbeing benefits. As a result, everyone everywhere must unite around a shared goal to get the world moving.  A key tenant for successful advocacy is gaining consensus on what works for increasing physical activity and the recent launch of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Eight Investments that work for Physical Activity is the answer.

The Eight Investment that work for Physical Activity document and resource kit were launched in November 2020 and provide a summary of eight areas for action, all evidence based and have worldwide applicability. The eight areas are.

1) Whole of school programs
2) Active Transport
3) Active Urban Design
4) Primary Health Care
5) Public Education including mass media
6) Sport and Recreation for all
7) Workplaces
8) Community-wide programmes

If the eight areas of investment are implemented around the world , we can be confident that we will move closer to achieving the World Health Organisation global target of reducing physical inactivity by 15% by 2030.  

ISPAH are calling for everyone everywhere , professionals, academics, civil society and decision makers, to advocate for physical activity national policy , local policies and regulation, accessible programs throughout the life course, a commitment to supportive environments and a culture of collaboration and cross-sector partnership working.

This online activity will provide a synthesis of the evidence behind the 8 Investments, discuss the process of its development, diving deep into each of the 8 Investments and critically explore how the ESSA community can be advocates.

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 5 March, 2021.

Presented by Dr Lindsey Reece, PhD

Lindsey has extensive experience in applied research and evaluation, specialising in Physical Activity, Sport and Public Health. Within her current role as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health,  she is the Academic Director of the SPRINTER (Sport and Active Recreation Intervention & Epidemiology Research) group - an innovative research partnership with the Office of Sport, NSW government.  SPRINTER generates and translates best practice evidence into policy and practice, to promote population health, wealth and wellbeing through physically active lives. 

A capable strategist and confident thought leader, Lindsey is happiest and at her best when managing numerous projects across a portfolio of highly complex, multi-sector programmes.  Her global leadership is demonstrated by her role as Advocacy Lead for International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), Academic lead for parkrun au, her executive committee position on the Australasian Society for Physical Activity (ASPA) and her active membership on the boards of Outdoors NSW & ACT and the parkrun global research board.

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