Network Publishes New Academic Article for OUP

Network Publishes New Academic Article for OUP

Network Publishes New Academic Paper in Health Promotion International (Oxford University Press)

The Network is pleased to announce the publication of a new academic paper entitled “Good practices and health policy analysis in European sports stadia: results from the ‘Healthy Stadia’ project” in Health Promotion International (HPI). The article details the key findings taken from the EU funded European Healthy Stadia pilot project that ran between July 2007 and December 2009.

Co-authored by national partners from the European Healthy Stadia Network, and led by Polish partner – Professor Wojciech Drygas, the article details a study within the EU pilot project that explored a cross-section of ‘good practices’ relating to health policies and interventions in sports stadia. Using a specially designed questionnaire, information about health policies and good practices were collected in 10 European countries relating to: food offerings in stadia, physical activity promotion among local communities, tobacco policy, positive mental health initiatives, environmental sustainability practices and social responsibility policies.

The audit results show that stadia health policies differ considerably between specific countries and individual sports, with the discussion section of the paper going on to suggest that that there are considerable opportunities for stadia to become health promoting settings.

This is the second paper to be published by the Network in 2011, following on from the Healthy Stadia article that appeared in this year’s collection Sustainability and Sport (Common ground Publishing), with preparations already underway for further articles to appear in 2012.

The article will be available as a hard copy in early 2012, and is accessible online in the Advanced Articles section of the HPI website here


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