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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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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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IPEN-related news from ICPAPH 2014: Jim's latest blog post can be read here.

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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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