Module 2

“Development of a family-based HEPA project in the school/sport club context”

The issue

Physical inactivity is a growing health problem in Europe and Worldwide. The current levels of physical inactivity are due to insufficient participation in leisure time physical activity and an increase in sedentary behavior. For children and youth, physical activity includes: play, sports, active transport, physical education, or planned exercise, in the context of family, friends, school, and community activities.

Childhood obesity, due to a lack of physical activity, is a serious health challenge. Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Prevention of childhood obesity and promotion of physical activity should be a high priority.

Family, and especially parents, play a crucial role in the activity and nutrition habits of their children. Therefor including the parents is very important for policy makers when they want to change behavior in children.