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A systems-based approach to physical activity
Public Health Scotland (PHS) has led the development of a systems-based approach to physical activity. This approach can be applied at a national and local level in Scotland to increase physical activity and reduce inactivity in the population.
PHS gathered evidence about physical activity from:
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)
We translated the evidence into a Scottish context. We then engaged with organisations and stakeholders across the physical activity system to test the development of a seven-stage process.
The process can now be used by national agencies and community planning partners to apply a systems-based approach to physical activity. It can be appropriately applied to the context in which they work to help shape the development of evidence-based actions.
This involves an assessment of the physical activity landscape through the lens of a Public Health Physical Activity Framework. The framework is based on eight evidence-based long-term delivery outcomes.
Learn more through:
- a report with a detailed step-by-step guide that can be used to successfully implement the approach
- a detailed version of the Public Health Physical Activity Framework
- an animation summarising the systems-based approach to physical activity
Go to the systems-based approach to physical activity in Scotland report and the framework
For more information go to:
- WHO's global action plan for physical activity (external website)
- ISPAH's eight investments that work for physical activity (external website)