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.
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!