28-30 August 2019
At Odense, Denmark
HEPA Europe is a network which works for better health and wellbeing in the WHO European Region through more physical activity for all people. Its mission is to provide a forum for the advancement of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) research, policy and practice across the WHO European region.
HEPA Europe focus on population-based approaches for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity using the best available scientific evidence. It encourages collaboration and partnerships between research, practice and related sectors to exchange, disseminate and share experience and knowledge.
The meeting in Odense is a unique opportunity to meet experts & influencers face to face; to network, mix and mingle; be inspired by leaders in the field and stay up-to-date with scientific, practice and policy developments in Europe and beyond.
Report from the 15th Annual Meeting of HEPA in Odense, DK, 28-30 Aug 2019
Active Living ,and Beyond - how to Move Forward
HEPA (European Network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) is a "grouping" of the European section of the WHO, representing all facets of physical activity.
This year's meeting took place on the grounds of the University of Southern Denmark, a huge campus, but it still managed to get through to the lecture halls and auditorium. About 180 participants, mostly female and young, specialized in sports science, public health and probably also some sports physicians. The program was extensive with keynote lectures, symposia and 5 parallel sessions, all on the topic of physical activity. The lectures on good to very good level, remarkably an excellent session on cycling and health under the chair of Oja Pekka Stockholm.
Besides,all participants could ride by the way from the railway station to the Campus in a group with the bicycle. Participants from Germany only few, among them one poster (attached), Unusually variously the topics, all to sport, movement and physical activity, many studies and concepts to the daily activity and to the active transport in cities and countries (Abstracts on the homepage: http://hepaeurope2019.org ). Here the substantial deficits show up in Germany. Significantly also multicentre studies partly beyond national borders. Participation with the coming congresses can be advised without reservation.
Finally, the Global Strategy for Diet, Physical Activity and the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) was discussed in detail, with final information on the homepage.