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Physical Activity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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ISBN 9780367362232
November 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book critically evaluates the relations between physical activity, health imperatives and cultural and social opportunities in low- and middle-income countries.

The book explores the uncertainty of knowledge around physical activity behaviour and its distinctive meanings in low- and middle-income country contexts, the factors influencing physical activity, and how populations across the world understand and live the concept of physical activity. It discusses the key challenges and opportunities for sustaining physical activity within geographically and culturally diverse contexts of LMICs; introduces the reader to contemporary global physical activity approaches, models and policies; and presents case studies from around the world, including Asia, Africa, South America, the Pacific and Europe. Overall, the text relates theory to practical examples to facilitate a better understanding of physical activity in context, emphasises the need for targeted, context-specific and locally relevant interventions to create PA-enabling environments in LMICs, and highlights the role of a range of stakeholders, including policy makers and urban planners, sport and recreation services, mass media, educators and the civil society in shaping population physical activity levels. Taken together, this edited volume brings together the latest research on PA in LMICs from around the world, informs and directs future research and necessary policy changes toward the sustainable integration of PA opportunities, and seeks to ultimately foster and promote population-based PA in LMIC settings.

By presenting empirical data and policy recommendations, this text will appeal to scholars, researchers and practitioners with an interest in physical activity research, public health, health promotion, sociology of sport, and sports sciences in LMICs, as well as policy makers and experts working in the public health, sports- and fitness industries.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Pedro C. Hallal

1. Moving Forward, Moving More: Putting Low- and Middle-Income Countries Firmly on the Global Physical Activity Agenda

Katja Siefken, Andrea Ramirez Varela, Temo Waqanivalu, Nico Schulenkorf

2. Global Physical Activity: International Perspectives with Emphasis on Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Andrea Ramirez Varela, Bojana Klepac Pogrmilovic, Pedro Hallal, Catalina del Portillo, Željko Pedišić, Harold Kohl, and Mike Pratt

3. Physical Activity: Challenges and Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Inácio Crochemore-Silva, Alan G. Knuth, Grégore I. Mielke, Andrea Wendt, and José Cazuza de Farias Júnior

4. Physical Activity Policy Actions: What is the Role of Governments?

Bill Bellew, Tracy Nau, Benjamin Smith, Bojana Klepac Pogrmilovic, Željko Pedišić, and Adrian Bauman

5. Active Societies: The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Nicolas Aguilar-Farias and Sebastian Miranda-Marquez

6. Physical Activity Surveillance in the Context of Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Željko Pedišić, Cora L. Craig, and Adrian E. Bauman

7. Foreign Aid, the Soft Power of Sport, and the Sustainable Development Goals: An Analysis of Australia’s Sport for Development in the Pacific Program

Thomas Wanner

8. Progress and Opportunities for Advancing Physical Activity Behavior Change in LMICs

Lilian Perez, Elva Arredondo, Ding Ding, and Gregory W. Heath

9. Case Study from Latin America: Understanding the Relationship Between the Built Environment and Physical Activity in Latin American Contexts

Eugen Resendiz, Alejandra Jáuregui, and Deborah Salvo 

10. Case Study from Africa: Physical Activity and Safety From Crime and Traffic

Adewale L. Oyeyemi, Tracy L. Kolbe-Alexander, and Estelle V. Lambert

11. Case Study from the South Pacific: Women’s Sport Participation in Fiji: Through a Lens of Structural Inequality

Yoko Kanemasu, James Johnson, and Atele Dutt 

12. Case Study from Central America: Challenges and Opportunities for Physically Active Lifestyles in Girls and Young Women in Costa Rica and Countries in Central America

Inés M. Revuelta-Sánchez and Gerardo A. Araya-Vargas

13. Case Study from Asia: Push for pedal power: Urban mobility and rise of bicycling in Indian cities

Deepti Adlakha, Felix John

14. Case Study from Asia: Active Transportation: The Missing Part of the Puzzle for Physical Activity Promotion in India

Shifalika Goenka and Raji Devarajan

15. Case Study from Eastern Europe: Physical Activity in the Czech Republic – a Society in Transformation

Josef Mitáš and Karel Frömel

16. Moving the Agenda Forward: Reflections and Future Outlook on Physical Activity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Nico Schulenkorf, Temo Waqanivalu, Andrea Ramirez, and Katja Siefken

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Katja Siefken is Professor for Physical Activity and Health at the Medical School Hamburg, Germany. Her research focuses on the prevention on non-communicable diseases through physical activity and sport/health for development interventions with a specific focus on low- and middle- income countries.

Andrea Ramírez Varela Andrea is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia. She has been the coordinator of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity and a board member since 2020, and the secretary of the Latin American Society for Physical Activity and Health Research.

Temo Waqanivalu is Program Officer in the Surveillance and Population-Based Prevention unit of the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) at the WHO headquarters.

Nico Schulenkorf is Associate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on the social, cultural, and health-related outcomes of sport and event projects in disadvantaged communities.