The Physical Activity Advice Continuum-A Guide for Physical Activity Promotion in Health Care

Nicole Freene, Stephen Barrett, Emily R Cox, Jessica Hill, Roger Lay, Jessica Seymour, Kimberley Szeto, Sjaan R Gomersall

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Physical activity promotion by health professionals is a key strategy to increase population physical activity levels. This strategy has been outlined in the World Health Organization’s “Global Action Plan on Physical Activity”1 and the International Society for Physical Activity and Health’s “Eight investments that work for physical activity.”2 To support this, recently, the Global Alliance for the Promotion of Physical Activity signed the “Hamburg Declaration,” calling on policymakers worldwide to take concrete actions to promote physical activity in health care settings, facilitating its integration into daily patient care.3

The World Health Organization Global Action Plan on Physical Activity action items 1.4 and 3.2 outline the need to strengthen preservice and postservice training of health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills for an active society and to implement and strengthen patient assessment and counseling on increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior. These action items are part of a multifaceted approach to reach a 15% reduction in global prevalence of physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 2030. Globally, health professionals perceive that physical activity promotion is part of their role, with limited counseling time the most reported barrier to promotion.4 All health professionals have the capability to promote physical activity; however, the activity level, the setting, and the type of advice should be considered so the right advice is given in the right setting at the right time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Activity Health
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Feb 2024


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