Delivery of a comprehensive analysis of the literature and the ideation and implementation of a survey in the participating countries to identify the barriers to physical activity, and therefore to imagine possible solutions.
The survey aims to summarize and examine women’s barriers to attend community and home-based physical activity, in particular will investigate:
Besides the collection of the questionnaire, partners are also going to carry out a “web research” to understand what women search online about “physical activity” in order to contribute in an innovative way to the udnderstanding of the barriers to physical activity in women.
So, in WOMEN’S HURDLES we are going to describe and identify the characteristics of fitspiration content posted across social media (ie, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) via public hashtags with regards to physical activity and exercise, body image messages, food or dieting messages among women.
Each partner will select, by launching a call that will be advertised on their website, social media, networks of contacts, 2 professionals and managers involved in the physical activity field who will be involved in the Master event, that will be held in Rome (IT). At the end of the course, these professionals will be able to train other professionals in their countries. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the course will be:
Based on the results of the survey and the analysis of good practices, a manifesto, with golden rules, will be developed with general indications to increase women’s participation to physical activity programs, to be applied in the local contexts, taking in consideration different cultural, societal and health system-related contexts.
“Golden rules” will aim to promote physical activity among women, how to engage and motivate them to perform physical activity, breaking down barriers, maintaining a good adherence to physical activity programs and therefore to increased levels of participation in sport and physical activity, the do’s and don’ts list; afterward design, deliver and evaluate different approaches to physical activity, offering to the women different opportunities according to their preferences and to their personnel sports history.
The evaluation and identification of the good practices on physical activity for women in the different countries will be based on a wide literature review, but they will take in consideration the local situations, in order to implement activities feasible in local contexts characterized by different cultural, societal and health system-related profiles.
The collection and analysis of good practices will be performed in three steps: