Symposia

Symposia

We are delighted to share with you our list of guest speakers and their symposia overview information. If you have any questions about our symposia for this conference please get in touch with the organiser for further information.

Title
Ethnic and cultural influences on making every move count: knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and practices
Speaker
Dr. Alice Berry
Synopsis

“Physical inactivity is a worldwide problem despite the recognised health benefits. Specific population groups are under-represented in research, therefore, it is unclear what factors impact knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about PA for these groups. A greater understanding is needed of the differing cultural contexts impacting PA engagement, to guide strategies and interventions which can provide optimum support to be active.

The talks in this symposium highlight the experiences of PA for people with cardiovascular disease in Nigeria, older adults with underlying health conditions in Ghana, and people with musculoskeletal conditions from minority ethnic communities in the UK.”

Title
Making every move count in schools through physically active learning
Speaker
Dr. Anna Chalkley
Synopsis
The purpose of this symposium is to present applied research relevant to the practice of physically active learning (PAL) which demonstrate the importance of supporting teachers as agents of change when promoting physical activity within schools.
Title
How can we promote more equitable and inclusive partnerships in global physical activity research?
Speaker
Prof. Anthony Okely
Synopsis

Researchers from low- and middle-income countries will share the unique context for physical activity research in their country. They will advise on what is important in developing and sustaining partnerships that are equitable and inclusive.

This symposium will be conducted as a Q&A session, with panellists, sharing their knowledge on how partnerships can be promoted for a win-win outcome for all involved. Advice for early-career researchers and those interested in developing global partnerships in physical activity research will be provided

Title
Are urban design and transport policies creating healthy, active cities across the world?
Speaker
Prof. Billie Giles-Corti
Synopsis

“This symposium presents research by the Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration in 25 cities across 19 lower-middle, upper-middle and high-income countries. It answers three questions:

1) How can land use and transport planning policies be assessed in cities worldwide, and do policies support health and sustainability?
2) How can spatial indicators of urban design and transport features that enable active and sustainable lifestyles be measured consistently in those cities, and is access to health-supportive environments equitably distributed?
3) ‘What next’?”
Title
Movement interventions work, but why, and how? Exploring the active-ingredients in interventions supporting mental health
Speaker
Dr. Florence Kinnafick
Synopsis

Convincing evidence suggests that lifestyle and movement interventions are effective in improving the physical and mental health of individuals with mental health problems. Given the additional barriers experienced by this population group, a better understanding of how and why intervention components are effective is imperative to achieve meaningful behaviour change.

This symposium brings together researchers with a shared interest in the psycho-social mechanisms of movement and lifestyle interventions to discuss evidence from targeted interventions in the community and within primary and secondary health care to support people with mental health problems to move more.

Title
Using intelligent conversational agents (“chatbots”) to support physical activity behaviour change
Speaker
Dr. Jacqueline Mair
Synopsis

“Conversational agents, or chatbots, can take on the role of scalable on-demand digital coaches that reach out to people in their everyday lives. Smartphone-delivered and personalised health interventions delivered via chatbots may help people to become, and stay, more active on a large scale and at low cost. Furthermore, chatbots incorporating machine learning techniques can learn and adapt based on innovative approaches to constantly deliver engaging and effective interventions.

This symposium will highlight recent research applying artificially intelligent and automated conversational agents (chatbots) in the context of physical activity (PA) interventions. “

Title
Evaluating Systems Approaches to Physical Activity: Lessons from Three Case Studies in England
Speaker
Dr. Jennifer Hall
Synopsis

In 2020, ISPAH published the “Eight Investments That Work For Physical Activity”. A systems approach can facilitate the integration of the eight investments by providing a framework for bringing together organisations and communities to create a shared understanding of a complex issue, and to identify where to act, collectively.

We have recently seen an increased utilisation of systems approaches, but we now need more robust and innovative evaluations to understand how these approaches work, for whom, and in which circumstances.

Title
Extension to Active Health Kids Global Matrix, Disability Report Cards
Speaker
Dr. Kwok Ng
Synopsis

It is widely acknowledged that physical activity data on children and adolescents with disabilities is largely lacking, limiting effective interventions to improve physical activity levels at the population level. The Global Matrix on physical activity for children and youth is one way to synthesize and translate evidence to easy to interpretable grades on school aged children and adolescents.

For the first time, 15 countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Spain, and USA) from 5 continents have produced disability specific report cards.

This symposium will be the launch event of the special issue in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly on this international initiative country specific disability report cards. In addition to physical activity indicator grades informed by available evidence, national insights were provided through stakeholder consultations.

Title
Striving for Global Consensus on the Social Value of Sport and Physical Activity
Speaker
Dr. Lindsey Reece
Synopsis

There is a growing demand globally, for policy makers, practitioners, and academics to measure the broad benefits of Sport and Physical Activity at the individual, community, and population level.

Whilst some benefits of sport and physical activity have been evidenced through research, often these benefits have focused on physical health, with limited high-quality evidence on the wellbeing and social benefits quantified at scale. This is due to significant research gaps but also due to a lack of global consistency of what benefits to assess and a lack of robust tools and methods to accurately measure associated outcomes.

In response to the growing need to advocate for the broad benefits of Sport and Physical Activity, we urgently need to understand the social benefits and value of participation.

Title
Scaling-up physical activity interventions – learnings from three case studies
Speaker
Dr. Matthew Mclaughlin
Synopsis

Scale-up is essential to achieve population health impacts. Physical activity (PA) interventions typically retain only half of their intervention effect size when scaled-up from a prior efficacy trial. One possible reason for this is the adaptations made for scale-up.

Scale-up guidance suggests that theory-informed adaptations, and those that seek stakeholder input, may be less prone to causing the scale-up penalty. There are a lack of examples of theory-informed adaptations in PA scale-up research.

Title
What do we know about scale-up and the scalability of interventions?
Speaker
Dr. Matthew Mclaughlin
Synopsis

“It’s widely acknowledged that to have large-scale health impact, we need to scale-up efficacious physical activity (PA) interventions for real-world delivery, while concurrently retaining the intervention effect size. Yet, we know little about the scale-up process and the suitability of interventions and delivery modes for such expansion.

In this symposium, we will explore our understanding of the scale-up of PA interventions through a literature review, original qualitative research, and a systematic review. “

Title
More active people for a healthier world: from an Global South perspective
Speaker
Dr. Nana Anokye
Synopsis

Global prevalence of inactivity is about 27.5%, and while LMICs have the highest prevalence of physical activity (PA), circumstances are often adverse, with conflict, humanitarian crises, social unrest, exposure to crime and traffic, over-crowded cities, and inequitable distribution of green space.

The WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity has adopted a human rights, equity, and evidence-based approach, focusing on engagement and multi-sectoral partnerships.

This symposium highlights examples from the Global South, addressing the 4 strategic objectives.

Title
Magic mirror on the wall – who is the most inactive of them all?
Speaker
Prof. Wendy Brown
Synopsis
Data on physical activity in four domains (work, household, transport, and leisure) suggested an overall gender difference of 7% in insufficient physical activity (IPA) in 2010. Despite efforts in some countries to reduce this gender gap, the gender difference persisted in 2017 (data from 168 countries, 1·9 million participants), with global age standardised estimates of IPA of 23·4% in men and 31·7% in women.
Title
Physical activity during pregnancy: guidelines, patterns and interventions
Speaker
Prof. Wendy Brown
Synopsis

“In recent years public health guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy have been developed in at least 30 countries. All suggest that physical activity is safe and has benefits for mothers-to-be and their offspring.

Although there is now global consensus on the advice provided to pregnant women, activity levels amongst expectant mothers remain low.

The aims of this symposium are to improve knowledge and awareness of (1) guidelines on physical activity during pregnancy from around the world, and the challenges of developing evidence-based guidelines, and (2) strategies for encouraging pregnant women to be active during and following pregnancy. “

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