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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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An IPEN meeting was held at ISBNPA in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 1-6. Read Jim's blog post about the meeting here.

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Read the Designed to Move: Active Cities Report here.

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The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has published a summary report: Building a Culture of Health: Lessons Learned from Global Efforts, which can be found here.

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The 2014 IPEN Newsletter has been published! Read it here.

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Please find the first call for abstracts - 1st International Conference on Transport & Health here.

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Materials from the May 2014 IPEN meeting in San Diego have been posted on the site. Included are the following presentations:

IPEN Adolescent Presentation
IPEN Adolescent Accelerometer Training
IPEN Study Data Analyses
IPEN Adult Buffer Comparison
IPEN Adolescent Regional Accessibility

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CEPA Activity Report from Takemi Sugiyama: The Council on Environment and Physical Activity (CEPA) is one of the official councils of ISPAH (International Society of Physical Activity and Health). Its aim is to support networking, sharing information, and collaboration among people who are interested in research on environments and physical activity. CEPA was launched in the 3rd International Congress of Physical Activity and Public Health (ICPAPH) in Toronto in 2010. In the 4th ICPAPH in Sydney in 2012, the following wide-ranging working groups were formed: Africa; children; early career researchers; Latin America; policy; senior; transport-sector data; and urban green space. In the 5th ICPAPH in Rio de Janeiro, CEPA hosted a symposium to hear updates of the working groups. Despite the difficulty of keeping momentum in collaborative work, several groups have managed to produce tangible outcomes. The senior group was able to publish a review paper on environments and older adults’ physical activity in IJBNPA.  The Africa group has developed a scale to measure environments for physical activity in the African context. A few other groups are also working towards a publication. The progress presented in the symposium demonstrates that CEPA is an effective platform to facilitate international collaboration among researchers. One of the CEPA groups, early career researchers, will be expanded to an ISPAH-level organisation, which is an initiative of the new president of the ISPAH. CEPA working groups will meet again in the next ICPAPH in Bangkok in 2016.

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Please send us details of relevant conferences.

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The International Conference on Movement and Nutrition in Health and Disease will be held in Regensburg, Germany, June 12-14, 2015. More information can be found here.

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Email: ipen@ucsd.edu
Tel: 1.619.260.5541
Fax: 1.619.260.1510

 


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