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       It is a pleasure and honour for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) to welcome the 6th biennial congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). Widely known as a major global event in the field of physical activity, we are proud to host the 6th ISPAH International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand from 16 to 19 November 2016.

       The 6th ISPAH Congress marks a key milestone in the history of physical activity advocacy by bringing a global forum to Asia for the first time. The Congress is a major rally point for broad ranges of constituencies – academia, community groups, governments and private sector to discuss current challenges and share innovative ideas and practices to forge new partnerships.

       The Congress theme, “Active Living for All: Active People, Active Place, Active Policy” highlights the importance of integrating physical activity in all policies. The 6th ISPAH will deliberate on wide ranging issues affecting the progress of physical activity and public health in the national, regional and global context.

The scheduling of 6th ISPAH in November 2016 is timely as ASEAN community is taking a stock of progress made to achieve healthy ASEAN lifestyle by 2020. The 6th ISPAH can be a critical opportunity for countries to strengthen collaboration to address new challenges as they redouble their effort to the commitment to promote healthy living for all.

       As an ardent advocate of health promotion in Thailand, ThaiHealth is pleased to share its experience in promoting active and healthy living to global community at the 6th ISPAH Congress. We look forward to welcome you and continuing our strong partnership in advancing physical activity agenda.



Dr. Krissada Raungarreerat

Thai Health Promotion Foundation CEO



On behalf of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health and the Global Scientific Committee, I warmly invite you to join us in Bangkok, Thailand from the 16th – 19th November 2016. The 6th ISPAH Congress theme is Active Living for ALL: Active People, Active Place and Active Policy.” The congress will have no less than 13 sub-themes covering the spectrum of science and practice across physical activity and sedentary epidemiology, interventions across the life course and settings, physical activity advocacy and policy, as well as sessions on the economic and technological barriers and levers of physical activity promotion.

A truly exciting programme has been planned which will include international keynote speakers from both academia and policy who will share with you the latest scientific evidence and how we can use it to influence practice and policy. Another 9 sub-plenary sessions will provide scope for symposia and there will be over 350 spaces for submitted abstracts to share your latest research. Poster sessions will provide opportunities to view more research and practice as well as network and relax with old and new friends. Each day will kick off with a range of innovative workshops, training opportunities and ISPAH Council meetings where you can get to know more about the work of ISPAH and join in global collaborations.

In addition to the scientific program delegates will have the opportunity to network at various social functions including the Opening Welcome Session and Reception on day one and the Conference Dinner on the Friday evening. Book early so you are not disappointed! Throughout the congress there will be additional activities arranged by the ISPAH Early Career Network and these will provide current and new members the chance to expand global collaborations and meet new people. Find out more at the ISPAH website. 

Each year ISPAH congresses have attracted more delegates from more countries. We are anticipating that ISPAH 2016 in Thailand will continue the trend with over 1000 delegates from all 5 continents – join us to make this happen and to gain insights into cultural differences and worldwide efforts to increase levels of physical activity to promote health and wellbeing.

I have no doubt that delegates will be spoilt for choice throughout the conference. It may be difficult to choose sessions but I am certain ISPAH 2016 will be rewarding congress leading to new ideas, stronger collaborations, new research initiatives and a greater societal impact.

I look forward to meeting you in Thailand in November 2016 and encourage you to submit your abstracts and register.


Professor Fiona Bull MBE

President, ISPAH



Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and largest metropolis, with a population of over 10 million living in the area of 1,568 square kilometers. The city’s constant hustle and bustle is part of the lifestyle of its citizens and leads to their lack of serious care for their communicable diseases 9NCDs), such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and cancer have increased. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Health Department, implemented the concept of “Love Bangkok, Build Up Bangkok”, to lead Bangkok to become a sustainable livable city. The BMA, according to its policies of “a metropolis of happiness” and “a metropolis of safety”, has cooperated with the public health network to promote and enhance the quality to life and good health for the people. The BMA supports health quality services and promotion of healthy activities in various forms through the Bangkok area. For example, it is providing public space in various communities as health promotion zones in all 29 public parks, and is developing 31 bike lane, with a total distance of 232 kilometers, for promoting health physical activity.

The BMA is delighted and honored to be the co-host of the 6th ISPAH Congress: the International Congress on Physical and Public Health. This is the first time a meeting of its kind has been held in Asia, with a goal to substantially promote physical activity among the public. This is also a part of the exchange of knowledge and development of health sciences to promote physical activity which will contribute to sustainable good public health and quality of life.

On behalf of the people of Bangkok, I would like to welcome all participants to this Congress. We are ready to do our best to make your stay comfortable, withhappiness and good impression while visiting in this metropolis. We hope that Bangkok City and its people will have an opportunity to welcome you again in the future, and that we will mutually create a strong, enduring and acceptable network for physical activity and health for our society.

M.R Sukhumbhand Paribatra

Governor of Bangkok

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