Prevention policies to protect the adult population: The project "Vivere nei Parchi" in Apulia, South of Italy
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Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro , Italy
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Department of Health Promotion and Animal Welfare, Apulia Region, Italy
Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Publication date: 2023-04-27
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A63
Background and Objectives: Active Ageing is a priority theme in Public Health. In accordance with the objectives of the Regional Prevention Plan (PRP) 2021/2025 on Health Promotion, Apulia Region has approved the project “Vivere nei Parchi –PugliA.M.I.C.A.” (Integrated Motor Activity Culture Environment), with the strategic  Objective of counteracting sedentary lifestyle and promoting paths for autonomy and psychophysical and social well-being of the Apulian population over 55. Methods: Regional organizations, regional Parks/Reserves management bodies, local associations specialized in the promotion and protection of naturalistic, historical-artistic heritage as well as universities are the social actors enlisted in Apulia to implement the document of the project and plan any corrective strategies. The project provides for the next two-year period 2023-2024, the activation of functional paths combining physical activity within the regional Protected Areas with the training of citizens on issues of environmental, food and archaeological/cultural education. All social and health data deriving from the program will be analyzed and monitored in order to verify their adherence with the Objectives set. Results: The expected Results are mainly aimed at the conscious adoption of healthy and active lifestyles by the elderly adult, but they also involve the improvement of the perception of the state of health; empowerment; the enhancement of the resources of the territory; the elimination of health inequalities and socio-cultural integration. Conclusions: Promoting policies oriented to active aging, able to sustain virtuous changes in behavior by the population over time is one of the most difficult challenges to pursue in Public Health, but we do believe that the use of the integrated approach of intervention and the combination of physical activity-training are some of the essential elements to hope to get the expected results.