EBPI researcher, Sonja Kalmeier, contributed to a recently published report titled “Environments for Physical Activity in Europe: a review of evidence and examples
The report results from the Supporting Policy and Action for Active Environments (SPAcE) project, a three year project co-funded by the Sport Collaborative Partnerships action of the Erasmus+ Programme.
The project links together 10 project partners from 8 different EU countries to
achieve the objective of developing sustainable active urban environments in 5
cities and towns across the EU. The overall aim of the SPAcE project is to
make the healthy choice the easy choice through creating healthy urban environments. SPAcE aims to increase the physical activity level of the communities involved in the project, and support and encourage social inclusion through more active participation.
The new report summarizes the evidence available for the importance of active environments, and present a range of case studies from the project partner countries to illustrate the translation of this evidence into practice. The evidence clearly
shows that aspects of the environment that promote physical activity should
be emphasised, such as walkability and accessibility. Alongside this, there is justification for policies and actions that influence a supportive social environment.
To read more, please see here.