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  • It’s time for MOVE Week!
    It’s time to MOVE! Today is the first day of MOVE Week and 1,516 events are registered to take place in 27 countries across Europe, with the number still climbing. MOVE Week runs from 23-29 May this year and the countries with the most events registered so far are Bulgaria (230), Iceland (201), Poland (170), Denmark (168), Italy (142), Slovakia (125) and Portugal (120). Check out the range of community sport and physical activity events on offer at http://moveweek.eu/events/ Here are some of the highlights: AlbaniaBITT – Burreli Open International Table Tennis27-29 May, “Ferit Hysa” Sport Palace – Burrel, AlbaniaActive Disabled People Albania and Genuine Effect are going to MOVE Albania with this big event, where disabled people will not only be the players but also the referees for elite table tennis athletes. https://www.facebook.com/BITT-Burreli-Open-International-Table-Tennis-444282618985032/ BelgiumP&O MOVE Day26 May, InterNos, Acacialaan 32, 1853 Strombeek-Bever BrusselsThe Belgian Ministry of Finance is once again supporting MOVE Week with a flagship event involving 300 of its HR staff. Look out for ISCA Secretary General playing ping pong with them in the Capoeira session on Thursday 26 May. All events start at 1.30pm. http://www.internosfin.be/ CroatiaThe Croatian Ministry of Health, County of Međimurje, Karlovac County, the City of Prelog, City of Čakovec and City of Mursko Središće are patrons of MOVE Week 2016. About 80-100 events are expected to take place in 15 cities/municipalities and 5000-8000 participants are tipped to get involved. Look out for events in particular in Međimurje, Karlovac, Supetar – Island of Brac and Zaprešić City. http://moveweek.eu/events/2016/croatia/ DenmarkBike2Work (Vi cykler til arbedje)1-31 May, nationalThis year, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation has linked its annual Bike2Work month (Vi cykler til arbejde) Denmark_Bike2Workwith MOVE Week. Bike2Work encourages people to use their bike for commuting and everyday transportation, and thereby improving their physical and mental health, and reducing the impact of peak hour commuting on the environment. Bike2Work month runs throughout May and all teams who register to compete with each other for kilometres cycled during MOVE Week will count towards the official MOVE Week tally. NowWeMOVE has also joined forces with the Danish Health Authority’s Get Moving campaign and the Danish events will also be in support of #getmoving. http://www.vcta.dk/ #pedalkrafthttp://www.getmoving.dk/ #getmoving GreeceMOVE Week in Greece will open Sunday 22 May in Komotini with the Komo Run Events. All MOVE Week event in Greece will be held under the auspices of Ministry of Interion/Macedonia & Thrace, Ministry of Education and with support of Ministry of Health and Hellenic Youth Council. http://greece.moveweek.eu/ HungaryThe MOVE Week highlights in Hungary this year feature school events including the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s Student Olympics Celebration of Athletics, a 6-day athletics competition for students aged between 9-18 years. More than 1000 students are expected to take part in the city of Székesfehérvár. In Szeged, children can try 10-15 sports on one day. http://www.mdsz.hu/en/diakolimpia-2/ IcelandMOVE Week swim off23-29 May, several municipalitiesWho would believe that swimming is the most popular event in the coldest MOVE Week country? It’s true. Last year citizens from two Icelandic municipalities battled against each other to swim the greatest distance over one week. This year the event is going to be even bigger, with 40 swimming pools across the country hosting Iceland’s biggest swimming battle! Iceland continues to be one of MOVE Week’s strongest supporters, securing sponsorship from the Floridana fruit juice brand until 2020 and joining forces with the SidekickHealth app. http://www.sidekickhealth.com/http://www.floridana.is/http://blog.nowwemove.com/move-week-swim-off-sparks-unique-competition-between-icelandic-municipalities/ MaltaHighlights on the MOVE Week calendar in Malta this year include Family on the Move on 26 May and a MOVE Dance Show on 27 May. Sport Malta and the Maltese Parliament are official supporters of the NowWeMOVE campaign and are upscaling their events over the next two years. Look out for local politicians taking part in a 5 km run during MOVE Week. http://www.sportmalta.org.mt/archives/3326 SlovakiaSlovakia is following up its successful 10,000 jumps for helath, a MOVE Week event last year, by aiming for 100,000 leaps for health (100,000 skokov pre zdravie) this year. Bratislava in line will also start its season during MOVE Week on 27 May. Slovakia’s Bike2Work campaign (Do práce na bicykli) is also joining forces with MOVE Week, as well as an event to salute the Olympic Day in Rio, Poprad on the MOVE and the School Olympic Games in Pribylina. http://blog.nowwemove.com/slovakia-ready-with-over-200-move-week-2016-events/ SloveniaThe Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, is supporting MOVE Week this year, and the Slovenian MOVE Week calendar will travel around 10 cities in 10 days. The events started on Friday and will take place each day from 3pm. 10 laps for 10 smiles is the flagship event, organised by the Sports Union of Slovenia in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Paralympic Committee. http://www.sportna-unija.si/Article/Details/24820/predsednik-republike-castni-pokrovitelj-mednarodnega-tedna-gibanja SpainEurofitness is organising a MOVE Week walk in Can Dragó, Barcelona, tomorrow. Contact MOVE Week Spain’s National Coordinator, Lindsay Young, for more information.lindsay.young@cess.eu Look out for more events in your country and Find your MOVE during MOVE Week!
    It’s time for MOVE Week!
  • MOVE Week 2016: One week to go
    Between 23 and 29 May 2016, more than one million people from 35 countries around Europe are expected to be join in the 5th edition of MOVE Week, a pan-European event promoting grassroots sport and physical activity. MOVE Week is an open platform for anyone with an interest in getting people active to showcase their activity or event to their community. Event organisers (MOVE Agents) are encouraged to register their events on the official website www.moveweek.eu, where the event tally for each country is being updated regularly. In 2015, MOVE Week recorded its best outreach so far covering 43 countries in Europe and Latin America with more than 11,500 events in over 2,100 cities (1,809 in Europe). In Europe more than 1.8 million physically active people registered to take part in MOVE Week events, and Latin America tallied over 1.5 million participants in 6,100 events. This year, the Latin American edition of the MOVE Week (Semana Muevela) will be held in November. MOVE Week is the largest pan-European bottom-up community event of its kind promoting physical activity and grassroots sport for their societal and health-related positive effects. An initiative of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and the flagship event of ISCA’s award-winning NowWeMOVE campaign, it offers inclusive opportunities for citizens from various backgrounds and ages to be more active. They are invited to come, see and take part in numerous events such as open door or “try-it” days at local clubs, walking events, fun runs, bike tours, street sport events, school sports events, company activities and activities organised for hard-to-reach groups. MOVE Week’s slogan is Find Your MOVE, which aims to encourage people find the physical activity that appeals to them and that motivates them to be active more regularly. The NowWeMOVE campaign’s vision is to get 100 million more Europeans active in sport or physical activity by 2020. Other activation events organised for the year-round NowWeMOVE calendar in 2016 include No Elevators Day (13 May) and four official events supporting the European Week of Sport: the Journey of Hope cross-border biking tour (July-September), European Fitness Day European School Sport Day and FlashMOVE (all in September). For information on MOVE Week in your country, please visit http://www.moveweek.eu/ For contacts and further inquiries:Laska Nenova, NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager: ln@isca-web.org MOVE Week is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign supporting the EU's #BeActive. MOVE Week 2016 highlightsBelgium: 26 May, Belgian Finance Ministry orienteering walk with 300 staff from HR, starting from Internos in BrusselsHungary: Student Olympics' Celebration of AthleticsMalta: Beach Fitness Festival – Official opening of MOVE WeekSlovakia: Bratislava in line; Event to salute the Olympic Day in RioSlovenia: 10 laps for 10 smiles (Sports Union of Slovenia in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Paralympic Committee)For more national events, please contact your country's National Coordinatorhttp://moveweek.eu/contact/And visit the MOVE Week website to see event updates from each countryhttp://moveweek.eu/events/
    MOVE Week 2016: One week to go
  • Which option did you choose?
    Friday 13 May was No Elevators Day (NED) and throughout Europe celebrated and encouraged all citizens to use the stairs instead of elevators. A simple gesture with immense transformative power. NED is part of the NowWeMOVE, a European campaign (developed by ISCA) that aims to promote sport and physical activity. The overall vision of the NowWeMOVE (NWM) campaign is to get 100 million more Europeans physically active by the year 2020. In Denmark NED also left its mark. In the morning ISCA staff entered the Danish Parliament building and “sealed” for a few minutes the famous elevator that never stops. We were greeted by Rasmus Nordqvist, spokesperson of the political party Alternativet, where we had the opportunity to interview him and hear more about his position on the need to be more active. Emphasising that simple gestures as using stairs instead of the elevators also makes a difference in day-to-day working of Parliament, he said. “In my everyday life, unfortunately, I’m not doing any sports and that’s also why it’s important for me to do as much activity as I can in my everyday situations.” But Denmark is a very active country overall, in his view, and the Danes play an important role in setting an example to other countries. “We have a huge role to inspire [others] because we are really active. We have designed our cities so they are welcoming bike transportation instead of cars, and I think a lot of cities could be inspired by that… We can do a lot of things in simple planning to make it a lot easier [to use active transportation] and I think we have had good results in Denmark.” The transforming power of the NED continued from the Parliament to Rigshospitalet, where we met Christoffer Nielsen Faurskov who works with communication at the hospital. Christoffer shared that he, too, tries to use the stairs whenever possible, stressing that it is important in our daily lives to opt for ways to keep ourselves physically active. Join us too and use the stairs instead of the elevators. No Elevators Day is celebrated today, but every day we are faced with our choice. Today we made ours: The stairs. And you? See the full video interview with Rasmus Nordqvist from Alternativet By Nila Amado, ISCA
    Which option did you choose?
  • SportMalta and Maltese Parliament get behind No Elevators Day
    Malta’s national sporting body, SportMalta, has got behind No Elevators Day today, closing off elevators in the Parliament of Malta. The Maltese Parliament was not the only national parliament building that got involved today – stay tuned for ISCA’s video from today’s action in the Danish Parliament. Meanwhile, you can check out SportMalta’s video below. In their words: “We went to parliament and encouraged our MPs to take the stairs instead of the lift. This was their reaction…” https://www.facebook.com/648663828587817/videos/937392093048321/ SportMalta is scaling up its NowWeMOVE campaign activities with several actions planned this year. Find out more 
    SportMalta and Maltese Parliament get behind No Elevators Day
  • No time for physical activity?: No Elevators Day highlights an easy way for busy people to get active
    Press release - Copenhagen: On 13 May 2016 the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and its local partners will stage their second European No Elevators Day. The day will see organisations, institutions, schools and individual citizens sealing off elevators across Europe as part of ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign promoting physical activity. Lack of time is the most frequent excuse Europeans make for not being physically active. No Elevators Day shows that opportunities for busy people to get moving are all around them. Getting 15 minutes of their recommended daily dose of exercise can be as simple as taking the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator throughout the day. ISCA, its partners and members have extended an open invitation for people to join No Elevators Day by voluntarily closing some of the elevators and/or escalators on their premises on 13 May. Those who register online can download free resources to help them seal off their elevator or escalator and raise awareness of the day. All activities under No Elevators Day title will be voluntary and take into consideration the accessibility requirements for people with disabilities and medical conditions. High profile supporters of No Elevators Day in 2016 are expected to include:Maltese Parliament/SportMalta are planning to film a No Elevators Day video to share on social media from 12 MayDanish Parliament is expected to close off one of its main elevators on 13 MayThe Belgian Ministry of Finance has also expressed its support for the dayHungarian Ministry of Human Capacities (responsible for sport), and the House of Sports (home to several national sport federations) in Budapest on 13 MayMinistry of Youth and Sport headquarters in Vasile Conta, nr 16, Bucharest; Ministry of Youth and Sport in the city of Brasov on 13 MayCounty of Međimurje in Croatia (including the Institute of Public Health, general hospital and secondary school) on 13 May Quote from NowWeMOVE Manager for Europe, Laska Nenova: “It was really encouraging to see how many Europeans embraced No Elevators Day last year. We had supporters in 60 cities and 21 countries around Europe – from regular citizens to local health and educational organisations, corporate CEOs, ministers and governors, as well as politicians from the European Parliament and the European Commission. Together they created a social media buzz using the #NowWeTakeTheStairs hashtag to share their photos from the day. So we expect even more people to step up to promote physical activity this year.” No Elevators Day is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign supporting the EU's #BeActive. For more information on No Elevators Day and the events registered please visit:http://no-elevators-day.nowwemove.com/http://no-elevators-day.nowwemove.com/noelevatorsday-events/ Follow the day on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/isca_tweethttps://twitter.com/NowWeMove#NoElevatorsDay   #NowWeTakeTheStairs Press contactsRachel Payne, ISCA Communications Manager: rpa@isca-web.orgLaska Nenova, NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager: ln@isca-web.org
    No time for physical activity?: No Elevators Day highlights an easy way for busy people to get active
It’s time for MOVE Week!
It’s time to MOVE! Today is the first day of MOVE Week and 1,516 events are registered to take place in 27 countries across Europe, with the number still climbing. MOVE Week runs from 23-29 May this year and the countries with the most events registered so far are Bulgaria (230), Iceland (201), Poland (170), Denmark (168), Italy (142), Slovakia (125) and Portugal (120). Check out the range of community sport and physical activity events on offer at http://moveweek.eu/events/ Here are some of the highlights: AlbaniaBITT – Burreli Open International Table Tennis27-29 May, “Ferit Hysa” Sport Palace – Burrel, AlbaniaActive Disabled People Albania and Genuine Effect are going to MOVE Albania with this big event, where disabled people will not only be the players but also the referees for elite table tennis athletes. https://www.facebook.com/BITT-Burreli-Open-International-Table-Tennis-444282618985032/ BelgiumP&O MOVE Day26 May, InterNos, Acacialaan 32, 1853 Strombeek-Bever BrusselsThe Belgian Ministry of Finance is once again supporting MOVE Week with a flagship event involving 300 of its HR staff. Look out for ISCA Secretary General playing ping pong with them in the Capoeira session on Thursday 26 May. All events start at 1.30pm. http://www.internosfin.be/ CroatiaThe Croatian Ministry of Health, County of Međimurje, Karlovac County, the City of Prelog, City of Čakovec and City of Mursko Središće are patrons of MOVE Week 2016. About 80-100 events are expected to take place in 15 cities/municipalities and 5000-8000 participants are tipped to get involved. Look out for events in particular in Međimurje, Karlovac, Supetar – Island of Brac and Zaprešić City. http://moveweek.eu/events/2016/croatia/ DenmarkBike2Work (Vi cykler til arbedje)1-31 May, nationalThis year, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation has linked its annual Bike2Work month (Vi cykler til arbejde) Denmark_Bike2Workwith MOVE Week. Bike2Work encourages people to use their bike for commuting and everyday transportation, and thereby improving their physical and mental health, and reducing the impact of peak hour commuting on the environment. Bike2Work month runs throughout May and all teams who register to compete with each other for kilometres cycled during MOVE Week will count towards the official MOVE Week tally. NowWeMOVE has also joined forces with the Danish Health Authority’s Get Moving campaign and the Danish events will also be in support of #getmoving. http://www.vcta.dk/ #pedalkrafthttp://www.getmoving.dk/ #getmoving GreeceMOVE Week in Greece will open Sunday 22 May in Komotini with the Komo Run Events. All MOVE Week event in Greece will be held under the auspices of Ministry of Interion/Macedonia & Thrace, Ministry of Education and with support of Ministry of Health and Hellenic Youth Council. http://greece.moveweek.eu/ HungaryThe MOVE Week highlights in Hungary this year feature school events including the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s Student Olympics Celebration of Athletics, a 6-day athletics competition for students aged between 9-18 years. More than 1000 students are expected to take part in the city of Székesfehérvár. In Szeged, children can try 10-15 sports on one day. http://www.mdsz.hu/en/diakolimpia-2/ IcelandMOVE Week swim off23-29 May, several municipalitiesWho would believe that swimming is the most popular event in the coldest MOVE Week country? It’s true. Last year citizens from two Icelandic municipalities battled against each other to swim the greatest distance over one week. This year the event is going to be even bigger, with 40 swimming pools across the country hosting Iceland’s biggest swimming battle! Iceland continues to be one of MOVE Week’s strongest supporters, securing sponsorship from the Floridana fruit juice brand until 2020 and joining forces with the SidekickHealth app. http://www.sidekickhealth.com/http://www.floridana.is/http://blog.nowwemove.com/move-week-swim-off-sparks-unique-competition-between-icelandic-municipalities/ MaltaHighlights on the MOVE Week calendar in Malta this year include Family on the Move on 26 May and a MOVE Dance Show on 27 May. Sport Malta and the Maltese Parliament are official supporters of the NowWeMOVE campaign and are upscaling their events over the next two years. Look out for local politicians taking part in a 5 km run during MOVE Week. http://www.sportmalta.org.mt/archives/3326 SlovakiaSlovakia is following up its successful 10,000 jumps for helath, a MOVE Week event last year, by aiming for 100,000 leaps for health (100,000 skokov pre zdravie) this year. Bratislava in line will also start its season during MOVE Week on 27 May. Slovakia’s Bike2Work campaign (Do práce na bicykli) is also joining forces with MOVE Week, as well as an event to salute the Olympic Day in Rio, Poprad on the MOVE and the School Olympic Games in Pribylina. http://blog.nowwemove.com/slovakia-ready-with-over-200-move-week-2016-events/ SloveniaThe Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, is supporting MOVE Week this year, and the Slovenian MOVE Week calendar will travel around 10 cities in 10 days. The events started on Friday and will take place each day from 3pm. 10 laps for 10 smiles is the flagship event, organised by the Sports Union of Slovenia in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Paralympic Committee. http://www.sportna-unija.si/Article/Details/24820/predsednik-republike-castni-pokrovitelj-mednarodnega-tedna-gibanja SpainEurofitness is organising a MOVE Week walk in Can Dragó, Barcelona, tomorrow. Contact MOVE Week Spain’s National Coordinator, Lindsay Young, for more information.lindsay.young@cess.eu Look out for more events in your country and Find your MOVE during MOVE Week!

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Inactivity Time Bomb

In 2015, ISCA commissioned a study called the 'Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe', showing that half a million Europeans die every year as a result of being physically inactive. The most common causes of death are from those diseases linked to being physically inactive, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and colorectal and breast cancer. One in four adults across Europe is currently physically inactive – as are four out of five adolescents.

 

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