The EU-funded project PAYAMOS, on the promotion of physical activity and active mobility among young people, is coming to an end. Erasmus UPT has summarised the project findings in the form of an accessible brochure aimed at policy makers and general audiences. This is downloadable from our website.
The PAYAMOS project
PAYAMOS is an Erasmus Plus Sport Collaborative partnership between Germany, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey and Poland to promote physical activity and active mobility among young people. For two years (2020-2022), we have conducted research on the relationship between the mobility of children/adolescents/parents, their perceptions, Active Transportation to School, the built environment, and health. We have done this is 6 European countries.
Physical inactivity and passive mobility to school
Youngsters are no exception to problems of physical health, such as obesity, that stem from physical inactivity. Less than 20% of 11- to 17-year-olds meet the World Health Organization’s daily recommendation for daily physical activity, and similar rates have been reported in younger children too. With physical activity declining in Europe, these issues are becoming even more pressing, and policymakers are desperate for solutions.
One of the reasons attributed to physical inactivity among youth is passive mobility. Many youngsters are driven to and from school by car. Walking and cycling to school are alternatives that hold massive potential, benefiting not only the youth themselves but their environment too.
We have produced a brochure summarizing the findings of our research. This can be a resource for policy makers, associations, and parents. It can be downloaded from this page in its English or Dutch version.
For more information on the project visit http://payamos.myerasmus.net/