PATHE is designed to build on the infrastructure of national associations of physical activity that currently represent over 70 million Europeans. The two overall objectives of PATHE are:
support and strengthen ‘Sport for all’ organisations in the development of their own health and physical activity promotion campaigns and initiatives;
actively implement the EC public health strategy (European dimension) into existing and planned national grassroots initiatives.
The increase of obesity among Europeans is a cause for concern. Obesity creates an additional burden on already strained public health systems. Organisations, i.e. the EU, WHO and national ministries of health, have increased focus on the need to combat obesity and raise awareness for healthier lifestyles. ISCA has prioritised the issue of health and physical activity and has — in line with the EC and WHO strategies on diet, physical activity and health — developed this public health project.
PATHE will use the following means to accomplish the respective objectives:
knowledge sharing and a work plan will be gathered electronically and via meetings, which will work to build a knowledge base and develop the action;
sensitisation campaigns via partners’ tools, initiatives, mass media, local animation and ISCA annual meetings.
Organisational awareness raising: ‘Sport for all’ organisations will involve themselves in health prevention and promotional activities.
Twinning: Organisational twinning will increase capacity of inexperienced organisations in the field of public health.
Best practice data: Existing and newly inspired projects will deliver information on their best practices.
Capacity building: European organisations will have increased ability to develop health promotion and prevention activities, goal-oriented health enhancing physical activity programmes and health and physical activity experts.
Network: The establishment of partners in an ongoing network will increase exchange of knowledge and expertise between health and physical activity experts and ‘Sport for all’ organisational leaders.
Dissemination of results: Results will be disseminated through existing network of ISCAs associated and collaborating partners and their national networks. Additionally, ISCA channels of communication, such as the website, the monthly ISCA newsletter, and CultureSport magazine, will be used.