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About the Project

Health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) is an ongoing concern for all nation states and in particular for young people, who are the future adults in our society. Global physical inactivity levels remain static and as a consequence there is a global goal to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 and by 15% by 2030 (WHO, 2018). The World Health Organisation in late 2018 launched their Global Action Plan for Physical Activity, where, it sets out four objectives and 20 policy actions for adoption by member states. GAPPA adopts a whole-systems approach to addressing HEPA which can be applied to a number of settings in our society, including educational settings.

This project therefore aims to produce resource materials for school-based settings that promote the four GAPPA objectives and a whole-systems approach to addressing HEPA in schools for young people. It aims to firstly, produce a training resource for school based staff (teachers, head teachers, school governors, support staff) to understand the four objectives and their specific application and connectivity in a school setting and, secondly, through the implementation of that training resource, draw the four GAPPA objectives together in an applied way, to enable schools to adopt and promote a whole- schools/systems approach to addressing inactivity and HEPA.

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