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.
All project partners met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the University of Ljubljana and held at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and City Hotel Ljubljana.
The objectives of the meeting were the following;
- Present the final results of the literature review and survey on PA monitoring systems among EU MS (Phase I);
- Present the final version of the manual of operations for monitoring physical activity, sport participation and sedentary behavior (Phase II);
- Build capacity among partner Member States, on the use of accelerometers from the UKK institute;
- Present the protocol for the assessment of validity of the physical activity questionnaires included in the project;
- Fine-tune details regarding the implementation of the data collection in all participating countries.
The meeting was successful in terms of achieving the above mentioned objectives, and project partners are now preparing the necessary details to begin the data collection.
Moreover, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, was present at the meeting to show her and the Ministry’s support to the project.
Project partners thank the Ministry and the Slovenian team, for being fantastic hosts, and facilitating such a fruitful meeting.
An all-hands meeting was held in Utrecht, Netherlands, hosted by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. The objective was to discuss the progress and preliminary results from the data collection in phase II of the project, as well as fine-tune the strategy to develop the deliverables associated with phase III. An important objective of the meeting was to ensure alignment by all partners as to upcoming steps, such as data handling and ownership and the development of scientific publications previewed in the project, as well as discuss potential challenges and doubts particularly among new partners. Other relevant discussions included the details of the strategy to develop the scientific publications previewed in the project.
The final project meeting will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth. In this meeting, partners will discuss project results and deliverables, participate in working group discussions, and plan future developments of EUPASMOS. Additionally, administrative tasks to support the elaboration of the final project reports will be a focus. Moreover, presentations will be delivered, regarding all publications, including the final version of the toolkit, as well as national and international scientific publications, resulting from the data collection and analysis of the results as previewed in the project outputs. Lastly, final adjustments in the dissemination strategy will be made.
The project will culminate in this final conference, in Lisbon, hosted by the project coordinators, namely the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, with the aim of disseminating the results of the monitoring framework, communicate and introduce the toolkit generated, and propose the future steps for the EUPASMOS.
The event will include:
- Presentations for the dissemination of the project methodology and results
- Detailed presentation of the PA and Sport monitoring toolkit including availability of resources (website, publication and social media accounts)
- Presentations and posters regarding country-specific and international scientific publications
- Working groups and feedback sessions
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.
The toolkit is currently being developed and will be freely available soon!