All project partners will meet in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports. The objectives of the meeting are to present, discuss and finalize the manual of operations for the data collection, which has been developed by partners from France, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia. Moreover, partners will discuss and fine-tune details regarding the implementation of the data collection in all participating countries. Additionally, as EUPASMOS is an inclusive EU project, open for all Member States to join, the involvement in the project of new partner Member States is of high importance. Several Member States have requested to join the project officially from 2019, which will also be presented to all partners at the meeting. Lastly, reporting and country-specific tasks will be discussed to ensure project quality and proper management.
On 18-19 January 2018, the European Union Physical Activity and Sport Monitoring System (EUPASMOS) project was launched in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by the Hungarian Leisure Sport Association. The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, as well as the Portuguese State Secretary of Youth and Sport, Mr. João Paulo Rebelo, the Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sport, Mr. Péter Sárfalvi, the President of the Hungarian School University and Leisure and Sport Federation, Mr. Gabor Balogh and the President of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, Mr. Augusto Baganha all emphasized their institutional support to ensure that the main objectives of the project will be achieved. The European Commissioner reinforced the relevance of this project to develop a monitoring system able to compare data among EU Member States, which will support the development of more adjusted policies to promote health enhancing physical activity (HEPA) and sport participation, and ultimately, contribute to encourage people to live more active, healthier lives while contributing to sport development and innovation, sustainable economic growth and reinforce inclusion, social cohesion in more fair and competitive European societies.
Project partners from the University of Ljubljana have conducted a preliminary literature review on measurement characteristics of the most commonly used physical activity questionnaires (PAQs) in EU countries, compared to other PAQs. Further, they will prepare a more thorough review on measurement characteristics of these PAQs in national languages if such information is available, as well as for national PAQs.
Main characteristics of these PAQs are summarized in the following table.
As a main method for the data collection, the following PAQs will be validated against accelerometer data and compared to each other;
- Eurobarometer Sport and Physical activity
- National PAQs (in countries who currently have and use them)
A detailed technical operational manual for the data collection, is currently being prepared by partners from France, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.
One of the main objectives of the project, is to reinforce Member States’ capacity to monitor, analyze, and compare sedentary behavior patterns, PA and sport participation prevalence data. In order to achieve this, a toolkit will be developed, lead by the Public Health Agency of Sweden, with support from the Hungarian Leisure Sport Association, the Italian People’s Sports Movement, the Latvian Academy of Sport Education and the University of Ljubljana and some of our associate collaborative partners. The toolkit will be completed as one of the final deliverables of the project, in October 2019. The main expected outcome of the toolkit, is to be used as an instrument to support and guide all EU Member States and other stakeholders, in the implementation of the proposed harmonized physical activity and sport monitoring framework.