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IPEN is the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network. It was launched by Professor Jim Sallis (USA), Dr Ilse DeBourdeaudhuij (Belgium) and Professor Neville Owen (Australia) at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Mainz Germany in August 2004.

The network aims to:

  • increase communication and collaboration between researchers investigating environmental correlates of physical activity
  • stimulate research in physical activity and the environment
  • recommend common methods and measures
  • support researchers through sharing of information, feedback, letters of support etc.
  • bring together data from multiple countries for joint analyses
  • aid in the publication of data through papers, special journal issues, symposia etc.
For more information, go to Background. We encourage researchers to join us.

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The IPEN New Zealand paper: Built environment and physical activity in New Zealand adolescents: a protocol for a cross-sectional study has been published. Read the paper here.

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A delegation from Taipei visted San Diego in March 2014 - read more about their visit here.

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Jim Sallis visited Malaysia to meet with IPEN investigators. His travel recap can be read here.

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The United Kingdom has developed a visionary plan for promoting physical activity in London. Please see this report and listen to this BBC radio program (MP3) for more details,

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PhD Scholarship Opportunity, Queensland University of Technology: How does the neighbourhood influence health? More information can be found here.

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The IPEN Adolescent Neighborhood Selection Presentation from 1/23/2014 has been posted on the GIS Methods and Measures page and can also be found here.

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The 2013 IPEN newsletter has been sent out to all IPEN members via email, and can be seen here. If you'd like to receive future newsletters, please join IPEN.

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Materials from the June 2013 IPEN meeting in Ghent, Belgium have been posted on the site. Included are presentations on the following:

Creating internationally-comparable built environment variables in GIS for the IPEN studies;
IPEN Adolescent Neighborhood Selection;
IPEN Adolescent Accelerometer Data Collection Training;
Analytical Approach for the IPEN Project;

IPEN Adolescent Publication Guidelines

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Please send us details of relevant conferences.

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Active Healthy Kids Canada is bringing together leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to address the growing childhood physical inactivity crisis at the first ever Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, The Power to Move Kids. This event will be held in Toronto on May 19-22, 2014 and is going to be the must-attend event of 2014 for those whose work touches physical activity for children. If your work touches child and youth physical activity, join the mailing list.

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The 7th International Conference Movement and Health will be held June 2-4, 2014 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The conference subtitle is Child and Adolescent Physical Activity: Determinants and Outcomes and will feature involvement of many key IPEN players, including a key note address from Jim Sallis. More information can be found here and here.

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The 13th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine will be held August 20-23, 2014 in Groningen, the Netherlands and will feature a keynote address by Jim Sallis featuring IPEN results. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15, 2014. More information can be found here.

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The International Congress on Children Physical Activity and Sport will be held October 17-18, 2014 in Liege, Belgium. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2014. More information can be found here.

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