HEPA-Framework - learning more

The HEPA-Handbook with the complete collection of the HEPA-Toolbox was presented on the "Fit for Life" conference in Stuttgart, March 19th 2014.

Download your HEPA-Handbook (pdf, 5 MB)

HEPA-Framework Elderly

Step 1 - Understanding the HEPA framework
The HEPA framework is a holistic approach in promoting physical activity among older people in European cities and regions. It covers 41 action fields in seven areas to promote physical activity among seniors at local level. The target group of the "elderly" is very heterogeneous and comprises many different age groups and individual living conditions. Addressing socially and physically inactive people is the most challenging task in this regard. The HEPA framework tries to comply with these complex requirements by taking into account all points of view in seven areas:

1. Policy
2. City Planning
3. Networks
4. Education & Knowledge
5. Communication
6. Key Institutions
7. Key Settings

Step 2 - The Hepa toolbox: Learning from other cities
The tools (e.g. good local practice) that are described in the handbook were identified for each action field. With the HEPA tools the approaches can be adapted to suit the local situation. There is a total of 72 tools available.

Step 3 - Identify your local strenghts - and weaknesses

Questions on each of the 41 action fields were drawn up to allow the user to assess the local situation. The HEPA evaluation form reveals where the local strengths lie and which areas should be dealt with in more detail.

Step 4 - Develop your local perspective with an action plan

Municipalities or regions that have already acquired an overall picture of their own situation may start drafting a HEPA action plan. This provides for the actual realisation of future activities. The action plan should ideally be developed and implemented by a steering committee (e.g. round table to promote physical