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Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: JUMP-in: promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition at primary schools in Amsterdam
  1. Vincent Busch1,
  2. Paulus A J van Opdorp1,
  3. Joshua Broek2,
  4. Irene A Harmsen1
  1. 1 Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Section Youth, Municipal Health Service (GGD) Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2 Department of Sport Stimulation, Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vincent Busch, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Section Youth, Municipal Health Service (GGD) Amsterdam, Nieuwe Achtergracht 100, 1018 WT, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; vbusch{at}

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  • Country/locality:

    • Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Target population:

    • Primary school children.

  • Physical activity target:

    • Increased total physical activity (time and variety)

    • Increased motor skills competences

    • Increased structural, quality physical education (PE) at school, primarily achieved by encouraging structural, sufficient quality PE and after-school sports activities (see infographic).

  • Best investment in physical activity the programme addresses:

    • Education

    • Community-wide Physical Activity Promotion

    • Sport and Recreation.

  • What sectors does it involve?

    • Jump-in targets individual children via school and PE classes, as well as after school via parents and community initiatives.

  • Estimated programme reach:

    • From ~8000 children in 2007 to ~22 000 children in September 2016.

  • What is special about this programme?

    • Jump-in’s evidence-based and practice-based foundation combined with targeting multiple behaviours and intervention settings, and the structural embedding, evaluation and improvement within and by the Amsterdam Healthy Weight Programme.

  • Key contact:

    • Femke Hoekstra, Cluster Manager AHWP Cluster School Approach,

  • Programme website and/or Twitter/Facebook handle





Regular physical activity (PA) is vital to children’s health. Therefore, to battle its decline among Amsterdam’s children, in 2002 the intervention Jump-in was developed.1 Jump-in is a primary school-based, preventive intervention focused on stimulating children’s healthy nutrition and PA, especially targeting schools where overweight prevalence is highest. Jump-in schools stimulate children to be physically active and discover different types of sports and to stimulate their structural …

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  • Contributors VB has drafted the manuscript and designed the Infographic. PVO has revised the manuscript, aided in the design of the Infographic and assisted in the data collection, especially regarding Jump-in’s nutritional components and Jump-in’s development process. JB has revised the manuscript and aided in the data collection, especially regarding Jump-in’s PA component. IH has contributed to the design of the paper and aided in revising the paper and Infographic.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.