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
Global Physical Activity Questionnaire
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).
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:
- How to identify appropriate physical activity outcomes for evaluating different types of intervention.
- How to define suitable measures for different types of physical activity outcome.
- How to approach the challenges of assessing and measuring physical activity and energy expenditure.
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.