PASEO - Building Policy Capacities for Health Promotion through Physical Activity among Sedentary Older People





June 28th 2011 PASEO-meeting

On June 28th 2011 the PASEO-team of the University of Vienna and the Vienna Health promotion office will hold a meeting and invite experts from the field of health promotion for elderly people. The reason for this is the offical end of the EU-project and the handover of regional duties to the Vienna Health Promotion office. After a short review of 30 months intensive project work, the focus will lie on a summary of results achieved, future prospects for the continuation of the PASEO-network as well as further steps for the implementation of the Vienna Action Plan.


Building Policy Capacities for Health Promotion through Physical Activity among Sedentary Older People


The EU-funded PASEO project intends to improve the implementation of programmes that are geared to promote physical activity among sedentary older people by helping to build the necessary policy capacities in 15 European nations.

PASEO focuses on strengthening the capacities in two main areas:

  • intersectoral capacities - creating linking structures between organizations in different sectors
  • intrasectoral capacities - improvement of competences and cooperation within the organization’s framework

Duration of the project:

January 2009 – July 2011 

Objectives and realisation:

  • Assessing existing capacities for the promotion of physical activity among sedentary older people
  • Forming national alliances to strengthen the capacities for the promotion of physical activity among sedentary older people
  • Developing capacities
  • Supporting and monitoring the capacities’ strengthening process


The results and conclusions gained from the PASEO-project will be passed down to national workshops held in the participating countries. Further they will be presented at an international final conference.

Project partner in Austria:

Department of Sport Pedagogy
Centre of Sports Sciences and University Sports
University of Vienna
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Kolb
Scientific staff: Ass. Prof. Dr. Rosa Diketmüller, Mag. Christina Steininger


Co-operation partner in Austria: 

Vienna Health Promotion
Manager: Dennis Beck
Contact: Mag. Ursula Hübel


Project management:

Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nuremberg
Prof. Dr. Alfred Rütten

Project partners in the EU:

The PASEO project group currently consists of 27 institutions from 15 European nations: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Czech Republic. 

Associated partners:

University of Vienna, Austria
University of Leuven, Belgium
University of Olomouc, Czech Republic
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
University of Nancy, France
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
University of Thrace, Greece
University of Verona, Italy
Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education
TNO Quality of Life, Netherlands
Oslo University College, Norway
National Institute of Hygiene, Poland
University of Porto, Portugal
University of Extremadura, Spain
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Collaborating Partners:

Vienna Health Promotion, Austria
Flemish Ministry for Culture, Youth and Sport
Czech National Institute of Public Health
National Veteran Athletes Association, Greece
Bavarian Ministry of Public Health
City of Verona, Italy
Lithuanian Public Health Association
Netherlands Institute of Sports and Physical Activity
Portuguese Institute of Sport
Government of Extremadura
Swedish Pensioners’ Association


The PASEO-project is funded by the European Commission, Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC). At national level there is an additional funding by Fonds Gesundes Österreich.