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  • 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 day 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
  • Danish Bike to Work campaign joins forces with MOVE Week
    ISCA has entered into a partnership with the Danish Cyclists’ Federation to connect the Bike to Work (Vi cykler til arbejde) campaign with MOVE Week in May. Bike to Work is an initiative that has promoted active transport in Denmark each May since 1997. Last year over 71,000 participants registered to take part and clocked up over 771,300 days of cycling and more than 9.5 million kilometres from 1-31 May. The campaign is targeted at organisations and participants are invited to register as teams who compete against each other to cycle the most days. Notable companies taking part last year included Novo Nordisk, the University of Copenhagen and DONG Energy. All teams participating during MOVE Week from 23-29 May will also contribute towards the official 2016 MOVE Week tally, making it a double incentive to get involved. Denmark is leading the way as a cycling nation with its world-class infrastructure for active transport, and there are five times as many bicycles as cars in its capital, Copenhagen. Denmark has also recently gained momentum in the NowWeMOVE campaign and European Week of Sport (EWoS), having staged activities for the NowWePanna tour and EWoS last year and preparing to host the start of the Journey of Hope cross-border cycling tour in August this year. And despite having an established culture for cycling, it attracted over 3000 “new” cyclists to join in the Bike to Work campaign in 2015. The benefits of choosing active modes of transport such as cycling are underlined in Denmark’s 2015 Bike to Work statistics. With 142,282 tonnes of CO2 saved in one month and over 11.5 million kroner in petrol and public transport tickets combined staying in the participants’ pockets, the environmental gains stood out, and the potential reduction in sick days (over 12,000) makes Biking to Work a win-win for employers and employees alike. ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg sees the new partnership with the Bike to Work campaign as an obvious collaboration that can give a boost both to the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity and active transport as a proven mobiliser: “ISCA has partnered with European Cyclists’ Federation since 2013 for the NowWeMOVE campaign and the MOVE Week. With the recent partnership in Denmark, we demonstrate the added value of combining active transportation with general physical activity promotion. At the same time, it is a great way to pool resources and build on what already works.” Maria Bech, Head of Communications at the Danish Cyclists' Federation, believes that the two campaigns joining forces can be an inspiration for other cross-sector partnerships across Europe: “Half of all kilometers cycled in Denmark are to either a work or education, and every year the Danish bike2work campaign ‘Vi cykler til arbejde’ encourages people to choose their bike instead of their car. ‘Vi cykler’ til arbejde has been promoting commuting by bike for 20 years, so we hope the partnership with MoveWeek will inspire other countries to endorse active transportation as part of an everyday lifestyle” ,says Maria Bech, head of Communications in the Danish Cycling Federation.“Half of all kilometers cycled in Denmark are either to work or an educational institution, and every year the Danish Bike to Work campaign ‘Vi cykler til arbejde’ encourages people to choose their bike instead of their car. ‘Vi cykler’ til arbejde has been promoting commuting by bike for 20 years, so we hope the partnership with MOVE Week will inspire other countries to endorse active transportation as part of their everyday lifestyle.” Danish residents can register their teams of colleagues for the Danish “Vi cykler til arbejde” month at the official Danish website for the event http://www.vcta.dk/ Residents across Europe can show their support for the Bike to Work campaign in their country by visiting the Bike2Work European website http://www.bike2work-project.eu/en/ and sharing their experiences and messages of support using the #bike2work hashtag. They are also invited to register their own MOVE Week events, big or small, at www.moveweek.euBy Rachel Payne, ISCA  
    Danish Bike to Work campaign joins forces with MOVE Week
  • Three NowWeMOVE events selected to promote European Week of Sport in 2016
    ISCA has secured funding from the Erasmus+ Sport programme to stage three NowWeMOVE events dedicated to mobilising the European Week of Sport (EWoS) this year. Two Not-for-Profit Sport Events and one Collaborative Partnership were selected among the proposals submitted at the January deadline: #BeActive FlashMOVE – a pan-European flash mob to promote the start of EWoS to be choreographed by the Sport Union of Slovenia (SUS) (Date: TBC in September)Journey of Hope Cross-Border Cycling Tour – a team of Turkish recreational cyclists will lead an interactive tour across 7 European countries, and anyone will be able to join them along the way or donate kilometres from their own cycling efforts at home to the final tally (Tour dates: TBC from August to September)European Fitness Day – a consortium of partners, including ukactive, the German Gymnastics Federation, SUS and BG Be Active will build on a successful practice from the UK (ukactive’s National Fitness Day) by rolling it out as a Europe-wide initiative (Date: TBC in September) The European School Sport Day (ESSD), launched as a pilot initiative in 2015 by a collaborative partnership led by the Hungarian School Sport Federation and with ISCA, Youth Sport Trust, EUPEA, BG Be Active and V4Sport Foundation as partners, was also granted Erasmus+ Sport funding as a Not-for-Profit Sport Event supporting EWoS. ESSD will take place on 30 September and remain a highlight on the NowWeMOVE campaign’s year-round calendar. “When we decided to shift the dates of ISCA’s MOVE Week to the spring in 2016, we did it, among other reasons, to be able to focus our autumn events and activities of the NowWeMOVE campaign towards the European Week of Sport. With the co-funding from the European Union for these three events, we will be able to make an unparalleled contribution to the European #BeActive initiative whilst continuing to expand the NowWeMOVE campaign as a diverse, year-round array of campaign opportunities,” ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg says. Find out more about the NowWeMOVE campaign Get involved this May: Register your No Elevators Day or MOVE Week event
    Three NowWeMOVE events selected to promote European Week of Sport in 2016
  • SportMalta announces NowWeMOVE scale-up plans
    This week, SportMalta announced its plans to scale up NowWeMOVE in Malta at a launch event with interventions by ISCA’s Jacob Schouenborg and Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Chris Agius, SportMalta Chairman, Luciano Busuttil, CEO Mark Cutajar, and GSD Marketing Ltd General Manager Brian Galea. Malta’s NowWeMOVE 2016-2017 campaign will be launched with an Open Day at the National Swimming pool complex in Tal-Qroqq on 1 May. An extensive programme has been prepared for this activity, including swimming sessions, canoe polo and water polo. SportMalta’s CEO, Mark Cutajar said this was a good opportunity for SportMalta to open its doors to everyone, and promote social inclusion. All funds raised will go to the Marigold Foundation. Mark Cutajar listed other activities that will be organised as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign, including No Elevators Day. Students and various associations will participate. NowWeMOVE is an initiative of ISCA whose aim is to move 100 million European citizens by 2020. Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA’s General Secretary, was present for the launch and stated that Malta’s ongoing involvement in the campaign was a good example for other countries. Through an agreement with ISCA, the Coca-Cola Foundation will fund Malta’s NowWeMOVE activities from 2016-2017. At the launch, Brian Galea, General Manager of General Soft Drinks, said: “I am delighted to be here today for the launch of the two-year NowWeMOVE programme, which is funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and supported by the Coca-Cola System in Malta, comprised of The Coca-Cola Company and GSD Marketing Limited. We recognise that the sustainability of our business is dependent on the sustainability of the communities in which we operate. From our perspective, we operate in societies, not markets. That is the reason we are highly supportive of local community programmes such as NowWeMOVE, which promote greater participation in sports and physical activity among people of all ages in Malta.”SportMalta Chairman, Luciano Busuttil, said SportMalta felt the need to give due importance to physical activity and that this was its motivation to join ISCA in promoting the NowWeMOVE campaign. He said that besides offering more initiatives to attract the public, SportMalta had to be the driving force to change the mentality of inactivity of the Maltese population, which ranked as the second-least active in Europe in the last Eurobarometer survey. He stressed that more activities for school students were being organised through the Sport Promotion Unit (SPU).The Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Chris Agius, said in the coming weeks SportMalta would start work on three projects - a new basketball pavilion, an indoor pool, and work at the Marsa Sports Ground. SportMalta would also officially inaugurate three projects that were now completed – a Judo pavilion, an athletics warm-up facility in Marsa and a shooting range tent in Gozo.  Find out more about SportMalta Find out more about MOVE Week and the NowWeMOVE campaign MOVE Week in Malta is supported by: 
    SportMalta announces NowWeMOVE scale-up plans
  • IMPALA project to host HEPA summer school in Finland
    The EU-supported IMPALA project, led by the Institute of Sport Science and Sport at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, is hosting a Summer School for Stakeholders in Finland from 16-20 May 2016. ISCA is a partner in the project, which is building on the IMPALA guidelines and European HEPA policies. The University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Department of Sport Sciences invites international and national sport organisations, experts and stakeholders interested in active city planning, physical activities, neighbourhood sport facilities and infrastructure development to come to the capital of Central Finland. From 16 – 20 May 2016 the “Summer School for Stakeholders” will be held within the premises of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Keskussairaalantie 4 in 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland. By coming to Jyväskylä you have the possibility to meet many international experts, sport organisations, lecturers and stakeholders from all over Europe. Hereby the idea of IMPALA and the HEPA (health-enhancing physical activity)-programme shall be promoted by this conference. It is the aim to disseminate the valuable information presented during this week in order to give all participants a good knowledge to understand the a) EU physical activity guidelines, b) the focus of the European sport policy, c) HEPA policy, d) IMPALA guidelines and f) the European policy for sport facilities, especially regarding neighbourhood sport facilities. The latter one includes various viewpoints about such facilities, namely a) physical, b) social, c) functional, d) psychological and experienced, e) administrative (management, decision making) and f) economic (staff-based) aspects. It is the idea to position international, national, regional and local sport organisations and stakeholders as the leading promoters of HEPA through sport capacity development. The participation will make you stronger to actually adapt the integral goal of the project, the dissemination and realisation of a national action plan, which is directly related to the IMPALA guidelines and other HEPA-oriented infrastructure development actions. Visiting sport organisations and experts from other countries shall help you to act as leaders in infrastructure development for HEPA and sport promotion through capacity building. Building national alliances of potential partners and stakeholders on the national level can help to build a successful infrastructure development and develop a national action plan to foster neighbourhood sport facilities in your own country. It shall be tried to bridge the vertical gap between high-level policy for sport and infrastructure development and the horizontal gaps between multiple sectors committed to HEPA promotion through national alliances. Such alliances can mediate the transfer process and foster a successful integration of high level policy into grassroots actions. By taking specific examples from different European countries it shall be attempted to learn from each other. Various problems shall be named and discussed and possible solutions to overcome such obstacles shall be found. The participation fee for the entire conference week is 200 €. The fee includes access to all lectures and workshops. Additionally, it covers lunch and coffee at the university, three evening dinners, a welcome bag, the social activity programme and an electronic book of the IMPALA-project. The application deadline is 30th April 2016. There are 13 open spots to be handed to the potential applicants. There might be a possibility for more open spots available during the next weeks. Please check the webpage for the schedule of the conference, more news and updates: http://www.impala-net.org/project/summer-school-for-stakeholders/ For more information please contact:DAVID KOTTHAUSConference secretaryPhone: + 358 40 8054 717E-mail: david.kotthaus@jyu.fi The IMPALA project is funded by the European Commission, Executive Agency for Health and Consumers, Grant Agreement No. 2008 12 08. 
    IMPALA project to host HEPA summer school in Finland
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 day 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

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