Harmonised Physical Activity Data: EUPASMOS

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Harmonised Physical Activity Data: EUPASMOS

Summary

The European Union Physical Activity and Sport Monitoring System (EUPASMOS) is a two-year project jointly funded by the European Commission, through the Erasmus+ Sport grant for Collaborative Partnerships, and participating European Union Member States. The project will run between January 2018 and December 2019.

The aim of the EUPASMOS project is to implement a harmonized physical activity and sport monitoring system, through the development of an integrated and shared methodological process that will provide comparable, valid and reliable physical activity and sport participation data across EU Member States. This will support Member States, the European Commission, the WHO and other relevant organizations in the design, promotion, implementation and surveillance of effective, evidence-based HEPA and sport policies and strategies across Europe and different governance levels.

In order to reach the aim of the project, the following five main objectives have been defined;

  • To establish a monitoring framework to assess sedentary behavior patterns, PA and sport participation in EU MS.
  • To compare commonly used questionnaires for physical activity (PA) surveillance, such as the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ), International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and the Eurobarometer, as well as national PA questionnaires, where applicable, with each other and with objective accelerometer data in a validation study using representative samples from EU partner countries.
  • To analyze and compare sedentary behavior patterns and PA and sport participation prevalence rates across European MS based on the results obtained in the validation study.
  • To develop a toolkit to build and reinforce Member State’s capacity to monitor, analyze and compare sedentary behavior patterns, PA and sport participation prevalence data.
  • To support the development of the PA section of the WHO’s European Health Information Gateway database, aligning it with the EU HEPA monitoring framework.

EuropeActive is an associated collaborative partner of the EUPASMOS project.

Twelve Member States are actively participating in the project, namely Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Progress and milestones of the project will be shared on the EUPASMOS website, as well as on the project’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube. Furthermore a main conference will be held in October 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, to present the final results of the EUPASMOS.