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Revista Española de Salud Pública

versión On-line ISSN 2173-9110versión impresa ISSN 1135-5727


GONZALEZ-VIANA, Angelina  y  GRUPO DE TRABAJO PAFES et al. Implementation of the World Physical Activity Day in Catalonia. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2019, vol.93, e201903012.  Epub 07-Sep-2020. ISSN 2173-9110.


Even though physical activity (PA) has multiple benefits, 30% of the population is inactive. Catalonia impulse the World Physical Activity Day (WPAD), as a part of a broader strategy of PA promotion. The objetive of this work was to present the implementation and evolution of WPAD from 2010 to 2016.


Repeated cross-sectional study. WPAD celebration was promoted through the web, a registry form, and a communication plan. Studied variables were: n. of entities, events (type) and participants, % of coordinated events, number of web visits and cost. A descriptive univariate analysis and calculation of frequencies was done.


Spreading was done to >9000 electronic addresses per year. Between 2010 and 2016 organizing entities, events and participants (2,8% of population in 2016) multiplied by 5. Organized events (walks, supervised PA, sport and diffusion) were done in coordination and mobilized 25 to 500 people, from a variety of settings. Estimated mean cost was 1 cent of euro by participant.


WPAD managed to reach an important amount of population at a minimum cost.

Palabras clave : Health promotion; Exercise; Public health; Program evaluation.

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