Webinar: An Ecosystem Approach to Promoting Health-Improving Physical Activity

Webinar to learn more about innovative systems thinking tools and approaches to promote physical activity at local, national and global levels.

Wednesday September 1, 2021 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CEST

The WHO Global Plan of Action for Physical Activity recommends strengthening the systems needed to implement effective and coordinated action to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors. To achieve this, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is working with partners to strengthen national implementation and evaluation capacities for healthy physical activity (HEPA) through a systems approach.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe, Côte d’Azur University, GDR Sport and Physical Activity, National Center for Scientific Research and Queens University Belfast invite you to participate in the opening webinar of a summer school on an ecosystem approach to improving physical health Promotion of activity on September 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CEST).

This webinar will bring together leading experts in systems thinking and the science of complexity, who represent a broad multidisciplinary field of established and emerging theories and methods that can be used to address the inherent challenge of tackling the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases at local, national and global levels. levels. During the webinar, these approaches will be presented and explained, and examples of their application in practice will be presented.

This webinar will also serve as the opening day of the Summer University on an Ecosystem Approach to Promoting Health-Improving Physical Activity, which will take place over the following two days for a limited number of participants. During the summer school, participants will be trained in small groups on how to concretely apply these approaches in the development of new and existing projects and strategies for the promotion of physical activity.

We hope you can join us in learning more about this innovative area of ​​work from leading global experts in this field.


2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Welcome – Pr Anne Vuillemin, Director, Graduate School and Research of Health Science Ecosystems (HEALTHY), Université Côte d’Azur, France

14: 10-14: 15 Importance of a systems approach to NCDs in WHO / Europe – Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Acting Program Manager for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Division of Country Health Programs, WHO Regional Office WHO for Europe.

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Introduction to Systems Thinking and Complexity Science (STCS) – Prof. Ruth Hunter, Professor, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Applying Systems Approaches to Noncommunicable Disease Prevention Policy – Dr Tarra Penney, Assistant Professor, York University, Canada; Dr Chloe Clifford Astbury, Postdoctoral Fellow, York University, Canada

3:45 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Active break

15: 55-16: 25 Systems approach to physical activity based on the GAPPA framework: an Irish example – Prof. Niamh Murphy, Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland; Teacher. Catherine Woods, Professor, University of Limerick, Ireland

16: 25-16: 55 The sports club as an ecosystem: the PROSCeSS project РDr Aur̩lie Van Hoye

16: 55-17: 15 Q&A.

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