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Health Res Policy Syst. 2018 Dec 14;16(1):121. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0396-8.

How can the impact of national recommendations for physical activity be increased? Experiences from Germany.

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1
Department of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Gebbertstraße 123b, 91058, Erlangen, Germany.
2
Department of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Gebbertstraße 123b, 91058, Erlangen, Germany. karim.abu-omar@fau.de.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Clearly stated national recommendations for physical activity (PA) are available in many nations. Yet, their impact on national level policy-making might be considered modest at best. This paper analyses the approach selected to curtail this problem in Germany.

MAIN TEXT:

Academics, government institutions and relevant stakeholders worked in collaboration to produce a series of national recommendations for PA and PA promotion published in 2016. Since their publication, these recommendations have achieved a measurable political impact through a systematic approach focused on dissemination and implementation strategies. For example, the German Conference of Health Ministers has acknowledged the national recommendations, endorsed their dissemination and proposed that they are included in measures within the Federal Prevention Act.

CONCLUSION:

Since their publication, the national recommendations have yielded satisfactory political impact. The contributing aspects might partially be explained by the Multiple Streams Approach.

KEYWORDS:

Impact; Implementation; Multiple streams; Physical activity promotion; Policy; Politics; Public health; Recommendations

PMID:
30547824
PMCID:
PMC6295091
DOI:
10.1186/s12961-018-0396-8
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