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National recommendations for health-enhancing physical activity: the situation for Switzerland in 2011 and options for further developments


Kahlmeier, Sonja; Alpiger, P; Martin, B W (2012). National recommendations for health-enhancing physical activity: the situation for Switzerland in 2011 and options for further developments. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin und Sporttraumatologie, 60(3):96-101.

Abstract

National recommendations on physical activity for health are an important element of a comprehensive strategy to promote physical activity and sport. Switzerland has developed recommendations for adults in 1999 and for young people in 2006. International experts have recommended that in view of new global and international recommendations, countries in Europe should review their national recommendations. Therefore, five important international and illustrative national examples of recommendations for different age groups were analyzed with regard to implications for the Swiss situation. Overall, the Swiss recommendations for young people and adults are in line with recent evidence but some differences were found regarding specific aspects. Also, no recommendations for pre-school children or older adults exist. Options for updates and further developments of the current Swiss recommendations were developed. They form the basis of a national process lead by the Swiss Federal Office of Sport, which also includes a wide consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

Abstract

National recommendations on physical activity for health are an important element of a comprehensive strategy to promote physical activity and sport. Switzerland has developed recommendations for adults in 1999 and for young people in 2006. International experts have recommended that in view of new global and international recommendations, countries in Europe should review their national recommendations. Therefore, five important international and illustrative national examples of recommendations for different age groups were analyzed with regard to implications for the Swiss situation. Overall, the Swiss recommendations for young people and adults are in line with recent evidence but some differences were found regarding specific aspects. Also, no recommendations for pre-school children or older adults exist. Options for updates and further developments of the current Swiss recommendations were developed. They form the basis of a national process lead by the Swiss Federal Office of Sport, which also includes a wide consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:24 Feb 2014 09:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:23
Publisher:Haupt
ISSN:1022-6699
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.sgsm.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/Zeitschrift/60-2012-3/03-2012_1_Kahlmeier.pdf

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