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Exploring the nexus of health promotion, sport and well-being to improve future synergies and public health capacity through integrated approaches

Kristine Sørensen (Global Health Literacy Academy, Risskov, Denmark)
Lars Steen Pedersen (LSP Resolve, Aarhus, Denmark)
Jakob Sander (SportsCenter Denmark, Vejen, Denmark)

International Journal of Health Governance

ISSN: 2059-4631

Article publication date: 25 March 2022

Issue publication date: 6 May 2022




New models of thinking, organization and governance are needed when health systems are under pressure. Inspired by a recent Danish community project called Your Health, this paper sheds light on the nexus of health promotion, sport and well-being, and how an increased focus on synergies can improve public health capacity in the future.


The three areas of interests are presented, and challenges and opportunities are discussed along with the lessons learned from the Danish community project serving as an example of an integrated approach. The project was hosted by a sports club with the aim to enhance the health and well-being of new members, engage volunteers as health motivators and develop new activities in partnership with community organizations.


The discussion on creating synergies between sport, health promotion and well-being inspired a new model encouraging moving away from silo-thinking towards the sweet-spot where all three perspectives are represented. In this way, public health can be developed to the next level, in particular with regards to actions taking place outside the health sector.

Research limitations/implications

More research is warranted to develop the evidence that can push for a changed policy agenda and showcase the social and economic return on investments.

Practical implications

There is a growing interest to support health and well-being. Capacity building is needed to engage non-health stakeholders actively in the health agenda.


Despite the need for progress, research is still scarce. Thus, it is important to create a new momentum among relevant stakeholders to facilitate the integration of sport, health promotion and well-being to qualify and expand public health capacity, create better health for all and bridge inequity.



The authors wish to thank all involved in making the project “Your Health” a success.


Sørensen, K., Pedersen, L.S. and Sander, J. (2022), "Exploring the nexus of health promotion, sport and well-being to improve future synergies and public health capacity through integrated approaches", International Journal of Health Governance, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 143-149.



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