Population physical activity behaviour change: a review for the European College of Sport Science

Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Brehm, Walter and Verheijden, Marieke and Hopman-Rock, Marijke (2012) Population physical activity behaviour change: a review for the European College of Sport Science. European Journal of Sport Science, 12 (4). pp. 367-383. ISSN 1746-1391


The academic study of sport and exercise science has expanded greatly into the arena of public health over the past 20 years or more and Europe has played a significant role in this. It is opportune to review evidence concerning ways to change population levels of physical activity for health. This paper summarises such evidence by using a lifespan approach with physical activity behaviour change for children and adolescents, adults and older adults. Correlates of physical activity are identified and the outcome of interventions is discussed. Intervention success has been variable often due to weak fidelity and short-term implementation, and process evaluation is missing from many such studies. Nevertheless, evidence points to possible behaviour change across all age groups and through multiple settings, including schools, worksites and the community. © 2012 Copyright European College of Sport Science.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 06:07
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: Behaviour change; health; physical activity;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2011.635700
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31851

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