Corporate sponsorship of physical activity promotion programmes: part of the solution or part of the problem?

Jane, Ben and Gibson, Kass (2017) Corporate sponsorship of physical activity promotion programmes: part of the solution or part of the problem? Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1741-3842

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Abstract

Background Parklives is a programme intended to raise levels of physical activity across the UK, funded by Coca-Cola GB and delivered in association with Local Authorities and other organizations. Such public-private partnerships have been advocated by many however critics suggest that the conflict between stakeholder motives is too great. Methods This study conducted a content analysis of twitter content related to the ParkLives physical activity programme. Images and text were analysed from two separate weeks, one from the school vacation period and one during school term time. Results Three hundred and eighteen tweets were analysed. Content analysis revealed 79% of images contained children and 45% of these images contained prominent Coca-Cola branding, a level of exposure that suggests ParkLives simultaneously provides opportunities for children's physical activity and for targeted marketing. Content analysis also demonstrated that the programme allowed increased access to policy-makers. Conclusions The sponsorship of a physical activity promotion campaign can allow a corporation to target its marketing at children and gain access to health-related policy development networks. This study reinforces the need for independent evaluation of all potential impacts of such a partnership and calls on those responsible for community health to fully consider the ethical implications of such relationships.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: physical activity, health promotion, food and nutrition
Members: University of St Mark & St John
Depositing User: Ms Alice Primmer
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 13:36
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 13:36
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15838

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