AEQUIPA: Physical activity and health equity: primary prevention for healthy ageing

AEQUIPA is a prevention research network investigating physical activity as a key factor for healthy ageing with focus on health equity of primary prevention. Based on the social-ecological model, the AEQUIPA network looks at contextual aspects of physical activity as well as intervention research on supporting behavior change in the elderly, amongst others through the use of new technologies. The network uniquely links expertise from different areas such as public health, psychology, town-planning, sport sciences, health technology and geriatrics. The network already established strong links to communities, local stakeholders and private persons during the first funding phase from 01.02.2015 – 31.01.2018. In the second phase, from 01.02.2018 – 31.01.2021, AEQUIPA will further strengthen the participatory approaches during the development and implementation of contextual and individual-oriented interventions on physical activity, including the evaluation of supporting information technology. The inter-disciplinary cooperation in the applied research and with national and international stakeholders and research groups will be further expanded using the successfully established graduate program for junior scientists. A further focus is the development and dissemination of ready to use instruments, tools, political recommendations as well as practical, technology-based components for the promotion of physical activity. All-in-all AEQUIPA will provide evidence on how sustainable and social inequality sensible public health interventions for the maintenance of health in old-age can be implemented and conducted.