Physical activity promotion in the age of climate change

Abu-Omar K, Gelius P, Messing S (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2020


Book Volume: 9

Pages Range: 349

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.23764.2


The importance of the global climate crisis requires linking physical activity promotion and climate action. This article provides a first overview of interconnections between physical activity promotion and climate action, potential synergies and discrepancies, aiming to stimulate further discussion about this topic. The analysis is based on the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 (GAPPA). The GAPPA covers five perspectives that are of particular relevance with respect to potential links with climate policy: (1) Infrastructures supporting active transport, (2) green spaces and recreational/exercise facilities, (3) exercise programs, (4) mass communication campaigns and mass participation events and (5) training of professionals. Our analysis demonstrates a considerable alignment between strategies for physical activity promotion and efforts for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. However, in some of the areas, this alignment could still be improved. Additionally, more climate-conscious policies, research and surveillance need to be developed in the field of physical activity promotion.

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Abu-Omar, K., Gelius, P., & Messing, S. (2020). Physical activity promotion in the age of climate change. F1000Research, 9, 349.


Abu-Omar, Karim, Peter Gelius, and Sven Messing. "Physical activity promotion in the age of climate change." F1000Research 9 (2020): 349.

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