Get Ireland Active App

The Get Ireland Active Physical Activity App provides ideas for starting and maintaining regular physical activity where the user can track the amount of physical activity per day over time. The app acts as a powerful motivator for inactive/sedentary individuals and was first used with GPs and other health professionals in the promotion of the national physical activity guidelines for Ireland.

Available for download on The App Store or Google Play 

 Get Ireland Active - APP

Global Physical Activity Questionnaire

Introduction

Physical inactivity is a major independent modifiable risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, ischaemic stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and breast cancer. It is also associated with other important health outcomes including mental health, injuries, falls, and obesity.

Surveillance of population levels of physical activity using a standardized protocol is an important and necessary part of a public health response to current concerns regarding lack of physical activity in many populations. Surveillance of physical activity in populations is most often undertaken using questionnaires, as these are relatively inexpensive and easy to administer compared to objective measurement techniques.

About a decade ago, given the increased global interest in the role of physical activity to prevent NCDs and the lack of data to inform within-country public health efforts, the WHO developed the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) for physical activity surveillance. Since then, the GPAQ has undergone a research program which shows that it is valid and reliable, but also adaptable to incorporate cultural and other differences. It has been used in more than 100 countries globally, mainly through the WHO STEPwise approach to NCD risk factor surveillance (STEPS).

The GPAQ covers several components of physical activity, such as intensity, duration, and frequency, and it assesses three domains in which physical activity is performed (occupational physical activity, transport-related physical activity, and physical activity during discretionary or leisure time).

Questionaire, Show Cards and Analysis Cards 

Standard Evaluation Framework

The SEF for physical activity interventions aims to describe and explain the information that should be collected in any evaluation of an intervention that aims to increase participation in physical activity. It is aimed at interventions that work at individual or group level, not at population level. It provides detailed, specific guidance on the following areas:

  1. How to identify appropriate physical activity outcomes for evaluating different types of intervention.
  2. How to define suitable measures for different types of physical activity outcome.
  3. How to approach the challenges of assessing and measuring physical activity and energy expenditure.

Evaluating PA

Measurement Questionnaires

Measurement of diet and physical activity behaviours presents considerable challenges to evaluators. NOO has produced guidance on measuring diet and physical activity. Includes practical and validated questionnaires to measure physical activity in children, adults and young people.

NOO PA Questionnaires

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth