WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity: A message from the ISPAH President

The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 More Active People for a Healthier World has been endorsed by the 71st World Assembly.

This action may seem far removed from ISPAH members everyday actions in research and the promotion of physical activity however it’s publication is profoundly relevant to us all.

Simply, the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity is a global acknowledgement of the “pandemic of physical inactivity” starkly highlighted in the Lancet Physical Activity Series in 2012 and 2016. It is unique, as it offers a menu of actions that underpin 4 key objectives - Active Environments, Active People, Active Systems and Active Society. Its development has been driven by an extensive global consultation, assessing the feasibility and relevance of action to country’s capacity and resources. Read more about the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity here

The action plan marks an output for the concerted advocacy efforts of many ISPAH members and Councils and the roots of its contents can be traced back to seminal ISPAH documents, including the most recent Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development. The leadership efforts of Thailand, WHO Physical Activity team and critical support from global NGOs, plus direct input from ISPAH members to shape the document, should all be acknowledged and congratulated.

The plan is here – and it reflects years of advocacy and campaigning and it is also a testament to an increase in volume and quality of research into basic, clinical and applied sciences of physical activity and health. The growth of the evidence now demonstrates the potential to gain across multiple sectors, from exercise medicine and sport to social care, dance to dementia prevention and economic regeneration to urban planning.

So what could you do to support the dissemination and use of the action plan?

One option could be to share the action plan with one local and national policy maker, using the action plans synergies to connect with UN NCD targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Identify which local issues the action plan can contribute to improving. Make this connection real, bring together others to support actions and offer to help to contribute to solving this problem.

Turn the plan into action – don’t waste this critical moment.

Charlie Foster
ISPAH President

Register your activtations for World Day of Physical Activity (6 April) and World Move for Health Day (10 May)

A message from our Council Agita Mundo

Please share your activations and experiences for World Day of Physical Activity and World Move for Health Day!  This year’s theme is “Be Active Every Day!”.  It’s easy to do… simply load your event, with photos or other media directly on the Agita Mundo portal.  We will share this information with the entire network, and our broader physical activity community!  Watch this space for more on social mobilization for physical activity, as part of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for Physical Activity!  Let’s be “activitists” for activity!

Step 1:  Go to the Agita Portal at http://www.portalagita.org.br/en/ .

Step 2: Hover on Agita Mundo on the bar at the top of the website.

Step 3: Hover over World Day for Physical Activity and click on Presentation.

Step 4:  Click on REGISTER THE SHARES.

Step 5: Complete the two pages as requested.

Step 6: Upload any media (photos, videos) for your event onto a website or social media site, and place the address (URL) on the second page.  If you have any difficulty in registering or uploading your media, you can contact us directly, by sending an email to: celafiscs.secretaria@gmail.com .


Thank you for sharing your experiences with the global community of physical activity activitists, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners!

ISPAH is calling for nominations for President 2020-2022 - could it be you?

Call for Nominations for ISPAH President 2020-2022

Process for the 2018 Elections


The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) invites eligible ISPAH members to nominate candidates for President of the Society. The successful candidate will commence as President-Elect effective October 2018 and their role as President from October 2020 for a period to two years.



All paid ISPAH members are eligible to nominate candidates for the position of President-elect. All nominees must also be a member of ISPAH. Desirable characteristics include being mid or senior career, with an international research profile and the supporting infrastructure to facilitate fulfilment of the role. Preference is given to candidates who have served on the ISPAH Board and/or been active in regional networks on physical activity. Self-nominations are not accepted.


Note: Individuals wishing to join ISPAH to be eligible to nominate or to be eligible for nomination can join via www.ispah.org/join-ispah



The President shall carry out responsibilities according to the ISPAH Bylaws during the term of office. These responsibilities include providing leadership to the Society and the activities of the ISPAH Board, overseeing the strategic directions of ISPAH, acting as the primary public facing representation of the Society, and representing ISPAH at international and regional meetings. The term of office for the President is up to 6 years (up to 2 years as President-elect, 2 years as President and 2 years as Past President). The President-elect 2018 – 2020 will assume official duties as President at the biennial conference in October 2020.



Please submit the following information, in any format:

·       Name and a short CV (2 pages maximum) of the suggested candidate

·       Contact information of the candidate (including institution, title, address, e-mail address, phone number)

·       Brief rationale for the nomination (one paragraph/approx. 300-400 words)

·       Short statement from the nominated candidate (no more than 500 words) which should include a response to the question: What would you see as key priorities for the Society over the next six years?


Please submit nominations and all requested information to Catherine Draper at Catherine.Draper@wits.ac.za by 30th April 2018, 23:59 GMT. Late submissions will not be accepted.



·       The ISPAH Executive Committee will evaluate the received nominations and shortlist two individuals.

·       The ISPAH membership will be invited to vote by way of electronic survey. Nominee names and statements will be posted on the ISPAH website at the opening of the ballot period.

·       The candidates receiving the largest number of votes from ISPAH members shall be elected. In the case of a tie, the ISPAH Board will vote to select one of the two candidates.

·      Only paid ISPAH members are eligible to vote.



·       20 February 2018 to 30 April 2018, 23:59 GMT: Call for nominations

·       By end 14 May 2018: Review by Executive Committee. Report to the full Board at the June 2018 board meeting. 

·       Mid June 2018: Open election via the internet.

·       20 July 2018: Voting closes at 23.59 GMT

·       Early August 2018: Finalize/confirm results at the board meeting. Results will be announced to the ISPAH membership.