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  • Contribute to the MOVE Congress 2014 in Rome!: Open Market Fair – Call for presentations
    The MOVE Congress 2014 is eager to know more about your experiences, activities or your research-based studies. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit presentation for the MOVE Congress 2014. This is your chance to become an active contributor and to assist developing MOVE Congress 2014 into a rich and diverse event. Contributions will be exhibited and shown at the Open Market Fair. The Open Market Fair is an open exhibition showcasing the MOVE Congress 2014 thematic fields. The exhibition will run throughout the congress with the possibility for presenters to present during the coffee breaks and lunch breaks on 23 and 24 October 2014. You can select from two types of Open Market Fair activities:- Poster Fair- Physical activity Fair The deadline for the submission of presentations/activities is 20 August, 2014. The Poster presentation should deal with one or more of the themes listed below:• Cross sector policies and Physical activity promotion• Physical activity and inclusion programs• Communication campaigns and social media context• Active Aging The Physical Activity Fair should deal with sport activities that can be presented outdoors:• Innovative sport activities• Activities for seniors We welcome a wide range of suggestions extending from best practice examples to research-based presentations, and encourage all interested persons to submit a proposal or enquire for further details. Your presentation must be in English and should comply with the following format.• For Poster Fair: Poster of 84,1 x 118,9 cm. This is one of the most common standard poster sizes, called A0. The poster presentation can be supported by leaflets, brochures and other printed materials.• For Physical activity Fair: Games, Plays and / or Sport activities that can be presented outdoors in a place of 10 square meters. The sport activity must be organised by you and your equipment and can be supplemented with leaflets, brochures and other printed materials. SubmissionTo submit your suggestion for a presentation/activity, please include:• Title of the presentation/poster/physical activity• Name of contact person , institution, city and country• Abstract of maximum 500 words, summarising the presentation• Presentation style (poster, game, play, sport activity or other innovative approach)Abstracts should be submitted electronically to contact@movecongress.com before 20 August 2014. ConditionsOrganisers will cover the Congress fee for OPEN MARKET FAIR presenters.Organisers will not cover accommodation and travel costs for OPEN MARKET presenters.Organisers will not design and produce materials and will not cover the presentation material costs and material/equipment delivery costs. 
    Contribute to the MOVE Congress 2014 in Rome!: Open Market Fair – Call for presentations
  • Despite mega-event fever, more than 50% inactive in Brazil: Move Brasil uses big occasions, data and partnerships to drive 2014 campaign
    After hosting the first of two major sporting events it has been awarded this decade, Brazil has come well and truly under the global spotlight – or “sportlight” – in 2014. But this spotlight should not be focused solely on Brazil’s role in elite sport, SESC São Paulo’s Manager of Physical and Sportive Development and ISCA Vice President Maria Luiza Souza Dias says in our exclusive interview. Dias spoke to ISCA’s Roxana Chiriac this month about how Brazilian grassroots sport organisations are being proactive and using the increased attention on Brazil during the World Cup and Olympic Games to their advantage. These organisations are now also armed with compelling data from research SESC conducted at the beginning of the Move Brasil campaign in conjunction with Ipsos Public Affairs. Despite the country’s mega-event fever, over 50% of the population never participates in sport and physical activity and several social groups, including women and low income earners, lag well behind others when it comes to being active. The findings show just how important it is for these organisations to work together to tackle imbalances in physical activity across Brazil. Move Brasil is the perfect vehicle for that, Dias points out.“Campaigns that promote action and create opportunities to establish effective partnerships and cooperation are extremely important to our country, and this is exactly what the ‘Move Brasil Campaign’ does,” she says.The Move Brasil campaign is in its second year and the Brazilian edition of MOVE Week will take place from 21 to 27 September. Find out how to become a ‘mover’ here. Q: At the Play the Game conference in 2013 you stated “We prefer to play our role well rather than criticise others. The Olympics and the World Cup are good opportunities to put sport on the agenda and to create working relationships with the sports organisations and other NGOs”? Have the working relationships between sports organisations been easier to create as Brazil has come under the spotlight? A: Yes, beyond doubt, the World Cup and the Olympics are motivating the organisations to look for partnerships and address issues related to sport development. Football in particular is on the Brazilians’ agenda. In addition, the world’s eye is turned to our country, expanding the possibility of developing international partnerships and projects. At the same time we are proud of the World Cup’s organisation and, as painful as the Brazilian National Team’s defeat has been, it highlights the fact that we not only need to invest in effective projects, but also to get inspired by good examples in the wider world to improve the structure of sport in our country. What happened on the football pitch is already creating a strong debate about the grassroots sport and it emphasises the need to create a positive scenario, something we are proposing to the Move Brasil Campaign. Q: The Move Brasil Campaign is the most comprehensive for grassroots sport yet in Brazil. Have you gathered more data on physical activity levels among the Brazilian population to strengthen the campaign? A: In September, 2013 we made a survey all over Brazil, with four questions about the Brazilians’ habits when it comes to physical activity. We based our questions on those used by the Eurobarometer survey to capture the data. Our findings showed that physical activity levels vary substantially between different social groups and show that: 1. More than half of Brazilians claim to have never practiced sports and/or physical activities.2. Among female respondents, sedentary lifestyle has reached 71% (compared with 43% for male respondents).3. The practice of sports and physical activity in general is a privilege of the people who have had more schooling, possibly due to their access to gyms and academies.4. The practice of sports and physical activity is also more common among youths aged from 16-24 years than among older people. However, on examining a frequency of 3 times or more a week, senior citizens present indexes similar to younger citizens (17% and 18% respectively).5. Social class and regional standards are verified in the frequency of practicing sports: The higher the social class, the greater the frequency of practicing physical sports. The Southern, Southwestern and Northeastern regions present similar indexes in activities practiced 3 times a week or more. It’s important to say that this work is still in progress and must continue until the campaign finishes. We are making a lot of efforts to conduct a comprehensive and deep survey. Besides that, a new report of Vigitel (Department of Health Vigilance of the Ministry of Health) is already available. Q: Have you set new specific goals for Move Brasil that you would like to see happening? A: From the survey results we have identified certain focus groups to guide the campaign’s actions. For example, women and the low-income population have been revealed as groups that need stronger action, as they shy away from physical activity. With these data we have managed to attract institutions that work with these groups, and we intend to disseminate successful cases and positive experiences throughout their networks. In addition, we aim for a greater range of activities and a greater number of “movers” [equivalent to NowWeMOVE’s MOVE Agents, ed.] to get involved in the Brazil Move Week and we look forward to seeing the impact of this on the national scenario. Q: How has the Move Brasil Campaign developed this year? Have you adopted new strategies? We developed a simple proposal for institutions to join the campaign composed of 3 steps, which are: 1. Forward to the campaign manager a statement of the institution/company, answering the question, “Why does the institution wish to be part of Move Brasil?” They also send their institution/company logo and a photo for publication on the Move Brasil website.2. Publish their commitments to our cause on their own communication channels and in the Move Brasil channels. It’s easy and at the same time very important, as it tells us how the institution can contribute to achieving our goals.3. Actively participate in the Brasil Move Week (2014, 2015 and 2016). In 2014, it will take place from 21 to 27 September. From this systematised approach, we have managed to organise the new movers’ engagement in the campaign, which has contributed to the campaign’s growth. New movers have joined us for many reasons, from national to locally-based objectives. Q: Why do you think Brazil needs the Move Brasil Campaign?A: There are several factors that underline the need for us to develop Move Brasil. We are living in a sports decade in Brazil, so it’s important to take this moment to propose innovative scenarios for the national sports practice. This is an opportunity to build a network that deals with grassroots sports and sports promotion for the people, which is something that we don’t have at a national level. Also, the indicators of physical activity and sports practice levels are slowly improving, which is a signal for us to carry on with this work. Campaigns that promote action and create opportunities to establish effective partnerships and cooperation are extremely important to our country, and this is exactly what the “Move Brasil Campaign” does. Download SESC and Ipsos' survey results below 
    Despite mega-event fever, more than 50% inactive in Brazil: Move Brasil uses big occasions, data and partnerships to drive 2014 campaign
  • ACTIVE Network project releases final recommendations
    The ACTIVE Network project’s partners have now released their recommendations for partnerships between grassroots sport organisations and local authorities, which were finalised at the EU-supported project’s closing conference in June. The document presents a variety of considerations partners should take into account when joining forces, such as taking an inclusive approach, securing the right resources, assigning responsibilities and ensuring transparency, as well as advice about how to apply them effectively to their collaborations. Download the full document below 
    ACTIVE Network project releases final recommendations
  • UK community walks from “earth to moon” during Beat the Street 2014
    Following a successful pilot of the Beat the Street walk to school initiative in the Caversham area of North Reading, UK, in 2013, local clinical commissioning groups for Reading rolled the project out across its whole population of 150,000 people in 2014. After almost three months, Beat the Street Reading 2014 came to an exciting finale on Tuesday 22 July with the announcement that 15,000 people had walked 244,537 miles (393,544 km) in 8 weeks. This was arguably one the biggest and most successful active participation projects in the UK, the project’s director Veronica Reynolds from Intelligent Health writes. The idea of Beat the Street is to encourage people to walk more to school, to work, to the shops and around their local area by taking part in a fun game. People earn points by tapping an RFID card against special readers or ‘Beat Boxes’, which are placed approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 km) apart. The participants win prizes for themselves and for their community team by using their Beat the Street cards. Teams can be schools, workplaces or community groups. The teams that earn the most points win cash prizes for their chosen charity or cause (this is compiled on average scores, rather than largest number of entrants). This year in Reading, 130 Beat Boxes were placed on lamp posts: an area of approximately 15 square miles (24 square km). The target was set for the whole of Reading to walk the distance from the earth to the moon - 238,000 miles (383,023 km). Their incredible achievement of this goal came from over fifty teams including workplaces and thirty primary schools. Rod Smith, chair of the North and West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group that funded the project, said he was pleased with the results: “Beat the Street has added a competitive and exciting element to getting active. We’ve been hugely impressed that so many people in Reading have walked, run and cycled their way to fitness and have enjoyed hearing stories of people that have literally gone the extra mile in pursuit of the goal of reaching the moon. Hopefully, the Beat the Street project has encouraged many people to make daily activity a life-long habit.” Beat the Street is currently being evaluated to measure participants’ behaviour change during and three months after the competition ends. It will look at the impact of Beat the Street on individuals’ physical activity levels and their levels of walking or cycling versus taking the car. Qualitative feedback suggests that the initiative has helped parents to get their children out and active and to start to feel the benefits of an active journey to school. It is hoped that, due to the very large number of participants involved, a sufficient number of these will continue to be more active in order for the project to demonstrate a return on investment in health care costs and potentially reductions in carbon emissions. Full evaluation reports will be ready in October 2014, showing the three-month follow-up data. Intelligent Health founder who created Beat the Street, Dr. William Bird, said that their initial survey results were encouraging: “Reading residents have really got behind this challenge and pushed themselves to get moving. Early indications of our survey results show a 10 per cent increase in the people who described themselves as inactive before the competition, meeting the recommended activity levels by the end of the competition. This is very exciting for us and our NHS funding partners. The issue of inactivity costs the region millions of pounds, so Reading has hopefully had fun but will also see the cost and individual benefits of getting active.” Further Beat the Street projects have been running in Thurrock, Essex in June and July 2014 with 14,000 people and 52 schools walking 70,126 miles (112,857 km). A smaller project in the East of Norwich succeeded in walking around the world. Future Beat the Street projects have been confirmed for 2015 in Athens, Greece, Terni in Italy, New York, Hounslow (London) and Gdansk. Read more about Beat the Street Reading here Behind Beat the StreetBeat the Street is run by Intelligent Health. Intelligent Health is a Health IT Company founded by Dr. William Bird MBE to work with public sector health organisations and corporate partners both in the UK and around the world to tackle the massive global problem of inactivity. Dr. William Bird has pioneered the research and promotion of physical activity and exercise schemes as a health benefit for over 30 years. Veronica Reynolds gave a presentation on Beat the Street on behalf of Intelligent Health at ISCA’s MOVE Congress in 2013 and Dr. Bird presented the latest results at the ACTIVE Network closing conference in June 2014. For more information about Intelligent Health visithttp://www.intelligenthealth.co.uk 
    UK community walks from “earth to moon” during Beat the Street 2014
  • Welcome to the MOVE Congress 2014: Open city – Active city
    This year one of Europe’s oldest, most populated and most visited cities will provide a fitting backdrop for the MOVE Congress 2014 and its theme Open city – Active city. From 22 to 25 October 2014 the Italian capital Rome will host speakers and delegates from around the world representing a variety of sectors that share a common aim: to encourage their communities to become more physically active. City centres are also communities – large communities – and are often the places where sedentary work has become the norm. Many cities know that they have to take innovative approaches to get their citizens moving again and enhance the health and wellbeing of their citizens. The ones that do are striving to present themselves as active cities. But to become an active city it is not just important to be an open city – it is essential! Open cities give everyone the opportunity to fit physical activity into their everyday lives. From the young to the elderly, from the able-bodied to the disabled, from the more privileged citizens to the less privileged; everyone can benefit from more walking paths, bicycle lanes, green spaces and better access to facilities. And everyone can be part of the discussion, debate and exchange of ideas about how cities (both big and small) can become more open and active. The MOVE Congress 2014 invites you to join in this vibrant international forum and explore the following themes: • Urban planning – Cities without barriers• Healthy lifestyles, active cities and active schools• Partnership and cross-sector cooperation The MOVE Congress 2014 will gather 300 stakeholders in sport and physical activity, including NGOs, local sports clubs, the sport and fitness industry, the health sector, government bodies and municipalities, corporate sector representatives, communications advisors, schools and higher education. To set the strategic discussions and cross-sector networking into motion, the Congress will be divided into plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops and interactive sessions with physical activities (outdoor and indoor). Urban planning experts, city government representatives and companies who have developed solutions to tackling current urban challenges and transforming cities into smart, sustainable and more liveable places are waiting for you in Rome from 22 to 25 October 2014. We expect your participation and count on your contribution! Join us! Click here to register! Visit the MOVE Congress 2014 website 
    Welcome to the MOVE Congress 2014: Open city – Active city
Contribute to the MOVE Congress 2014 in Rome!: Open Market Fair – Call for presentations
The MOVE Congress 2014 is eager to know more about your experiences, activities or your research-based studies. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit presentation for the MOVE Congress 2014. This is your chance to become an active contributor and to assist developing MOVE Congress 2014 into a rich and diverse event. Contributions will be exhibited and shown at the Open Market Fair. The Open Market Fair is an open exhibition showcasing the MOVE Congress 2014 thematic fields. The exhibition will run throughout the congress with the possibility for presenters to present during the coffee breaks and lunch breaks on 23 and 24 October 2014. You can select from two types of Open Market Fair activities:- Poster Fair- Physical activity Fair The deadline for the submission of presentations/activities is 20 August, 2014. The Poster presentation should deal with one or more of the themes listed below:• Cross sector policies and Physical activity promotion• Physical activity and inclusion programs• Communication campaigns and social media context• Active Aging The Physical Activity Fair should deal with sport activities that can be presented outdoors:• Innovative sport activities• Activities for seniors We welcome a wide range of suggestions extending from best practice examples to research-based presentations, and encourage all interested persons to submit a proposal or enquire for further details. Your presentation must be in English and should comply with the following format.• For Poster Fair: Poster of 84,1 x 118,9 cm. This is one of the most common standard poster sizes, called A0. The poster presentation can be supported by leaflets, brochures and other printed materials.• For Physical activity Fair: Games, Plays and / or Sport activities that can be presented outdoors in a place of 10 square meters. The sport activity must be organised by you and your equipment and can be supplemented with leaflets, brochures and other printed materials. SubmissionTo submit your suggestion for a presentation/activity, please include:• Title of the presentation/poster/physical activity• Name of contact person , institution, city and country• Abstract of maximum 500 words, summarising the presentation• Presentation style (poster, game, play, sport activity or other innovative approach)Abstracts should be submitted electronically to contact@movecongress.com before 20 August 2014. ConditionsOrganisers will cover the Congress fee for OPEN MARKET FAIR presenters.Organisers will not cover accommodation and travel costs for OPEN MARKET presenters.Organisers will not design and produce materials and will not cover the presentation material costs and material/equipment delivery costs. 

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