Sports for Health Conference Incorporating the 4th Annual Meeting of Football is Medicine
Increasing the contribution of sport to promote and maintain a healthy population is a key goal for governments and health systems around the world. Regular physical activity has a positive impact on health and well-being, and has been shown to reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases and chronic health conditions, and improve our mental health. Sport is a popular way to be active and increasing opportunities for participation in community-based and grass roots sports for people of all ages and abilities is a priority agenda of WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030.
Under the auspices of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) WHO, the Qatar Ministry of Public Health and Generation Amazing are hosting a Sport for Health Conference, including the 4th scientific meeting of Football is Medicine, in Doha, Qatar, from 4–6 October 2022.
The conference aims to strengthen global networks, and translate science into policy and practice around the use of football and sport for health. International and local experts, researchers, practitioners and policy makers will review existing evidence on the efficacy and impact of sport for health programmes and identify future pathways to more effective implementation.
The conference will also host the 4th Annual Meeting of Football is Medicine, where presenters will share evidence on the benefits of football to healthy ageing, prevention and management of noncommunicable diseases, positive mental health, and engaging young people in being more physically active.
Delegates will gain practical insights and discuss current initiatives and experiences in the delivery and evaluation of sport mega events (SME) and address the question, “How well do mega sports events increase community sports participation and physical activity and leave a meaningful legacy of sustainable community sport-health programmes?” A new co-authored report, on sports mega events and healthy lifestyles, will be released during the conference.