October 4, 2019

Healthy Families Waitākere co-hosts GAPPA workshop

Healthy Families Waitākere welcomes the release of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), to help achieve a 15 percent increase in the number of regularly physically active people worldwide by 2030.

In Aotearoa, the Ministry of Health and Sport NZ are working together to develop a cross-agency approach to the strategic directions outlined in GAPPA (Everybody Active Everyday: Tama Tū, Tama Ora):

  1. Create an active society – social norms and attitudes
  2. Create active environments – spaces and places
  3. Create active people – programmes and opportunities
  4. Create active systems – governance and policy enablers

On behalf of the Ministry, Healthy Families Waitākere facilitated a co-design workshop alongside Dr Geoff Kira and his team from Massey University, with a focus on how to approach increasing physical activity in community settings. Healthy Families Waitākere Manager, Kerry Allan, explains,

“In early October, stakeholders from across the motu met to identify the current barriers to physical activity and ideate solutions to create active community environments. We were thrilled to have such a diverse group on the day, from community leaders to national advisors, there was a richness in the insights gathered which we look forward to synthesising to present back to the Ministry of Health.”

Findings and insights from this workshop will inform government agencies, community organisations, regional sports trusts and more of the varying perspectives and views of stakeholders with experience and knowledge on physical activity at both a community and national level.