Five-year experience of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!): Progress, Lessons Learned and Future Steps
Keywords:Surveillance, Policy, Research, Physical Activity
Purpose: To present progress, main findings, lessons learned and future steps after five years of the launch of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) and, to officially launch the 2020 Country Cards and 2nd Physical Activity Almanac.
Description: The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) was launched to monitor the progress of worldwide physical activity population level over time. GoPA! has become a leader in global monitoring of national physical activity surveillance, policy and research. Despite its importance and great progress, challenges remain as physical activity worldwide monitoring remains inadequately prioritized in the global public health arena. This symposium will present 5-year experience in physical activity monitoring in more than 145 countries worldwide including the methods, main findings and lessons learned from Country Cards project. Finally, the official launch of the 2020 Country Cards and 2nd Physical Activity Almanac will be held. The Chair, Steering Committee Members, Country Cards update working group and the Country Contacts will be invited to the launch.
Chair: Dr. Michael Pratt, University of California San Diego, USA
Discussant: Dr. Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney. Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA!
Presenter 1: Dr. Michael Pratt, University of California San Diego, USA. Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA!
Title: The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!): Five-year progress and lessons learned for physical activity promotion worldwide.
Presenter 2: Dr. Andrea Ramirez Varela, School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA! Title: Global status of Physical Activity Surveillance, Policy and Research: release of the 2020 Country Cards and 2nd GoPA! Physical Activity Almanac.
Presenter 3: Dr. Pedro Hallal, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil. Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA!
Title: The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!): Future steps and strategic projects to advance physical activity promotion worldwide.
Discussion/Q&A/Results: After five years of implementation, GoPA! is actively monitoring physical activity surveillance, policy and research worldwide. Also, it has turned a dynamic network with regular products related to its main project the Country Cards. Currently the Country Cards are being updated until July 2020. Preliminary results have been collected from October 2019-January 2020 for 54 GoPA! country members around the world. Once data collection is finished, a comprehensive analysis and comparison of national surveillance, policy and research indicators in 145 countries worldwide will be provided. The 2020 Country Cards will be put in the 2nd physical activity Almanac and will be launched in the GoPA! website as a free resource for more than 200 academics, policy makers and practitioners involved in the GoPA! and ISPAH network.
Conclusions: GoPA! enters 2020 with the launch of the Second Set of Country Cards and Second Physical Activity Alamanac. A discussion of previous and current findings, lessons learned and future steps in light of the current status of physical activity promotion worldwide is indispensable.
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