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  • ISCA Secretary General features in online debate on physical inactivity: Do governments have a responsibility to keep you fit and healthy?
     The third online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA Secretary General and Jan Rijpstra, President of the Dutch Royal Society of Physical Education Teachers respond to question on governments’ responsibility to keep the citizens fit and healthy. Follow the debate and have your say here. Read the first debate, featuring ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby and the President of the Dutch Royal Society of Physical Education Teachers, Jan Rijpstra here. The second debate featuring Vicky Pryce (lead author of the new ISCA/Cebr report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe') focusing on the impact of lack of time and support on the public's exercise habits can be found here. Access the full report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe' here.
    ISCA Secretary General features in online debate on physical inactivity: Do governments have a responsibility to keep you fit and healthy?
  • NowWeBike Officially Kicks Off in Mugla
    On 24 July 2015 NowWeBike, European Cross-Border Cycling Tour has officially started in Mugla, Turkey. The opening ceremony featured traditional Turkish farewell ritual and speeches given by several local authorities. NowWeBike is part of NowWeMOVE campaign and will be taking place from 24 July to 9 September 2015. During those 7 weeks the team will cross 12 borders and cycle 2,700 km across Europe finishing in Brussels, the European capital.Before the official ceremony NowWeBike team visited Mugla Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports. Feridun Ekmekci, the head of ENVERCEVKO (Energy Efficiency and Environment Protection Association) and the coordinator of NowWeBike team gave his special thanks to the Director of Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports, Bekir Ceker for the organization of official opening ceremony. At the opening ceremony at Konakalti Culture Center Osman Gurun, the mayor of Mugla, Amir Cicek, the governor of Mugla, and Feridun Ekmekci, the coordinator of NowWeBike team, all gave profound speeches about the importance of tourism and alternative tourism potential of Mugla in terms of culture, food, music, folklore, nature and biking.The mayor underlined the cultural uniqueness of Mugla. “The city of Mugla wants to have more visitors from different parts of the world to share its cultural and natural beauties and historical heritage,” Gurun said. He also wished good luck to the team on their long tour. The governor of Mugla, Amir Cicek said that Mugla worked hard in terms of international cultural and sports project and NowWeBike is a good example of these successful projects. “In terms of developing democratic values, I find it quite essential that NowWeBike team finishes their tour in Brussels, the center of democracy,” Amir Cicek said.Ekmekci gave his special thanks for the support of NowWeBike team to the mayor, the governor, the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Mugla Provincial directorate of Youth and Sports and Mentese Metropolitan municipality. All those institutions worked together to coordinate the support of NowWeBike team. “ENVERCEVKO is the first association advocating environment friendly bike transportation in Mugla. As the members of ENVERCEVKO, we are the only four volunteer cyclists including one female, the NowWeBike team supported by ISCA and ECF, to cycle to Brussels giving the message that bike is one of the most enjoyable ways of having a healthy active life,” Ekmekci said.
    NowWeBike Officially Kicks Off in Mugla
  • MOVE your city on 13 September 2015
    Flash Mobs are a great tool to get people together, be active and create a buzz around anything you want to promote. But what are they exactly? No more than spontaneous routines performed in public by a group of people for a short period of time. It takes some practise in advance, but the choreography is usually easy enough for anyone to join in.The European MOVE Week Flash Mob, called Flash MOVE, will be taking place on the 13 September 2015, before the start of the MOVE Week in most countries, to promote and create awareness around the event. We have now published everything you need to organise your own Flash MOVE: the official guide, step-by-step tutorial videos and the registration portal so you can make your numbers count. In 2014, 3.463 participants took part in the European MOVE Week Flash Mob through 71 cities in 21 countries.Join the movement, start planning your FlashMOVE early and help us to make grow these figures. Find out more here.
    MOVE your city on 13 September 2015
  • NowWeBike cross-border cycling tour starts in Turkey on 24 July
    On 24 July, the “NowWeBike” European cross-border cycling tour will kick-off in Mu─čla, Turkey. A team of four volunteer recreational cyclists (3 men and 1 woman) will cross the borders of 12 countries, using eight different EuroVelo routes over 2,700 km, finishing in Brussels on 9 September after 47 days of cycling. The main objective of the NowWeBike tour is to raise awareness about Europe’s “Inactivity Time Bomb”, based on an ISCA study published in June showing that 1 in 4 adults across Europe is currently physically inactive, as well as 4 out of 5 adolescents. The countries the NowWeBike European cross-border tour will travel through after the start in Turkey are Bulgaria, Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium. If you would like to support the team and/or organise a side event please write to nb@isca-web.org NowWeBike is not just about one team travelling from A to B. Their route to Brussels will be an interactive one, offering the public, the press and organisations a variety of ways to be part of the event. From “come and try” activities including BikeYoga, to active sightseeing tours and cultural visits, to press conferences, and city-to-city pro-am (professionals riding alongside amateurs) events, NowWeBike will feature side events designed to appeal to an array of tastes, abilities and professional interests. “Cycling is an easy and popular way to stay healthy, as nowadays many of us are not physically active enough,” ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby says. “With the NowWeBike cross-border tour we would like to encourage more citizens to participate in recreational sport and to be active. And we would like to bring the excitement of moving to more Europeans, as we believe that exercise works like a medicine, and it is free and available for everyone.” The NowWeBike European cross-border tour is new to the NowWeMOVE campaign calendar this year. You can join the event by visiting the Facebook event page and find out more at the website here “NowWeBike” is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign, supporting the European Week of Sport - #BeActive, #NowWeBike, #NowWeMove. Learn more at: www.nowwemove.com
    NowWeBike cross-border cycling tour starts in Turkey on 24 July
  • When risky business reaps health benefits: Expanding fitness programme to include cardio patients a success story for UBAE
    ISCA member UBAE (the Union of Recreational and Cultural Sports Activities) in Barcelona, Spain, has been a leading promoter and provider of sport and fitness programmes in Catalonia since the 1980s. Although around 6 million people already use its fitness centres, UBAE saw the potential to expand its programmes to a hard-to-reach group of cardio patients. UBAE’s Director of Facilities, Toni Llop writes that what initially sounded like a “risky business” soon reaped health rewards for the patients, and ISCA’s MOVE Transfer project came at the perfect time to gain the support UBAE needed to spread the programme further. UBAE has focused on the promotion of physical activity as a healthy habit from the beginning. At the beginning of the 1990s all users of the sport centres managed by the organisation were obliged to have a medical check before starting their training. At the same time we were pioneers in introducing physical activity as a way to prevent and take care of different conditions among people. A few years ago we participated in the development of a programme for teenagers based on the introduction and monitoring of fitness programmes in Barcelona’s high schools. Finally, we were interested in creating an alliance with a public hospital. This was two years ago, when the coronary and heart disease unit of Barcelona’s Vall d'Hebron University Hospital proposed for us to host a rehabilitation programme for patients who had had an ischemic illness. That was the origin of the cardio rehabilitation programme. A group of enthusiastic doctors and a sport centre managment entity focusing on the rehabilitation of different groups of patients joined efforts to help people. For sure they were a hard-to-reach population group. Honestly speaking, at the beginning we felt afraid to have such type of users in our centre. We were nervous about training a group of people with significant health risks. Day by day the participants started to show improvement. They felt better and better and their physical condition started to improve. The instructors became more confident about the programme and its potential results. We checked the possibility to introduce the project among the ISCA network, and that’s how we came to apply to be part of the MOVE Transfer project. We know the difficulties in implementing a project like this, but we thought that establishing an alliance with a hospital could be something that could be successfully developed by other entities in other countries. At the same time, opportunities to engage with other partners opened up. After our agreement with the direction of the hospital we got recognition from the Municipality of Barcelona, so we have been able to establish a nice group of partners: a public hospital, a municipality, a private organisation and a sport centre. The idea now is to extend the project and involve other sport centres, sharing the experiences acquired by the trained and skilled instructors and offering a wider range of opportunities to involve more groups of patients located in another areas of the city. What was a trial initiative two years ago, has today become a project and the cardio rehabilitation programme is now partly financed by the organisation and supported by the Municipality of Barcelona. Main article by Toni Llop, UBAE Find out more about MOVE Transfer hereMOVE Transfer is supported by Coca-Cola
    When risky business reaps health benefits: Expanding fitness programme to include cardio patients a success story for UBAE
ISCA Secretary General features in online debate on physical inactivity: Do governments have a responsibility to keep you fit and healthy?
 The third online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA Secretary General and Jan Rijpstra, President of the Dutch Royal Society of Physical Education Teachers respond to question on governments’ responsibility to keep the citizens fit and healthy. Follow the debate and have your say here. Read the first debate, featuring ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby and the President of the Dutch Royal Society of Physical Education Teachers, Jan Rijpstra here. The second debate featuring Vicky Pryce (lead author of the new ISCA/Cebr report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe') focusing on the impact of lack of time and support on the public's exercise habits can be found here. Access the full report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe' here.

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NowWeMOVE is a European-wide campaign to promote sport and physical activity. The cross-sector vision of the campaign to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020”. MOVE Week is an annual Europe-wide event and an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. This year, MOVE Week will take place from 29 September to 5 October.

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MOVE Quality aims to identify initiatives which inspire more people to be physically active, build the capacity of the organisations delivering them and reward their achievements with a Quality Mark.

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