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  • Don’t act against the evidence: Inactivity kills more than obesity!
    By Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President This month, researchers from Cambridge University published research showing that Inactivity kills more than obesity. Much more in fact! The study followed over 334,000 European men and women over 12 years and its results indicated that “twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity”. Two of the least active groups in the study proved to be the most critical contributors to this finding. Being part of the former (the inactive group) could mean premature death, while being part of the latter (the moderately inactive) could lead to a more normal lifespan. How can being moderately inactive make such a difference? Because the little bit of light exercise that creeps into the moderately inactive person’s day – such as a brisk walk – helps them burn up to 110 calories every time. This accumulates to eventually reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 16-30%. Powerful evidenceThis new data offers evidence that can be used in a powerful way. Politicians can have any opinion they like. He or she can decide to initiate or give priority to certain actions with the intention that the outcome will be this and that – just because they have this opinion. Anybody can, of course, disagree with their opinion, but it is still regarded as a legitimate political opinion. “So what?” you might ask. But this is my point. If you, as a politician, say we should do A because it will result in B, but evidence shows that A will not, in fact, result in B, then the decision maker will not only be acting upon your personal opinion (despite the good intention behind it), but against evidence. This is not good political governance. So in response to studies like these, I would say that politicians and health/prevention decision makers should prioritise spending double the amount of resources on physical activity initiatives than on diet and obesity oriented initiatives – otherwise they will be acting against the evidence! As stakeholders in grassroots sport and physical activity we can also use evidence from the latest research to ask any responsible decision maker in this field: Which areas should get the most political and financial attention – those that are the most dangerous or those that are less dangerous? That is a good question and a rather easy one to answer. And we can follow it up with “So let’s start doing something about it rather than continuing to act against the evidence”. Read more about the University of Cambridge's study here"Computer" means doing a lot in the same spot - see our video from MOVE Week 2014 
    Don’t act against the evidence: Inactivity kills more than obesity!
  • Sports Union of Slovenia recognised nationally for MOVE Transfer initiative
    ISCA member, the Sports Union of Slovenia (SUS) has gained support from the Slovenian Ministries of Sport and Education to expand its interdisciplinary exercise programme, ABC, to six new cities in Slovenia through the MOVE Transfer National process.  The ABC programme is designed to introduce inactive and less active people to a light workout which is safe for beginners and progresses at a gradual pace over three steps. It is delivered by local sports clubs that are part of the country's Healthy Society Network. In addition to its expansion, the ABC programme will also be included in Slovenia's National HEPA strategy as a recommended example. The six Healthy Society Network clubs that will roll out ABC in their cities are Partizan Bakovici, Splošno Športno Društvo Tržič, Športno Društvo Gib, TVD Partizan Jesenice, Športno Društvo 3Šport and Športno Društvo BDD Ando Hirshmann. The transfer of the ABC initiative was implemented in 3 steps:- Education of new trainers (including older trainers who deliver the programme to the elderly)- Assistance (video assistance, expert assistance, group formation assistance)- Promotion (in community health centres, local communities, within promotional events such as doors open days) The healthy exercise programme ABC was developed through an interdisciplinary cooperation among experts from the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Physiotherapy at the University of Ljubljana and the Gynaecological Clinic. It is based on body strengthening exercises that follow the principles of functional and gymnastic exercises; i.e. to improve the efficiency of movement in primary movement patterns. This allows for better movement efficiency, not only during physical training but also during daily chores. The programme serves as basis preparation for the inactive or less active before they take on more intensive physical activity. It is divided into three difficulty levels, A (36 workouts over 18 weeks), B (24 workouts over 12 weeks) and C (12 workouts over 6 weeks). Testing is a part of each of all three parts of the programme and is carried out using the Health Related Fitness (HRF) test battery of UKK. For more information on the ABC programme, please contact:PhD Maja PoriFaculty of Sport Ljubljana, Sports Union of SloveniaEmail: maja.pori@fsp.uni-lj.si Mojca Grojzdek, Coordinator of the transfer of ABC through MOVE TransferE-mail: mojca.grojzdek@sportna-unija.si MOVE Transfer is supported by Coca-Cola Europe. Visit the official project website here 
    Sports Union of Slovenia recognised nationally for MOVE Transfer initiative
  • MOVE Transfer partners to roll out initiatives internationally
    Four successful grassroots sport initiatives will roll out to brand new countries this year through ISCA’s MOVE Transfer International process.  Two of the UK’s most acclaimed sport for all programmes, Birmingham City Council’s Active Parks and StreetGames’ Doorstep Sport Clubs, will be launched in Poland and Kosovo respectively. The German Gymnastics Federation’s (Deutscher Turner-Bund) EU-supported Active Age programme, completed last year, will be transferred to one of Europe’s oldest grassroots sport organisations, Czech Sokol, in the Czech Republic. And Sport Malta’s (KMS) growing campaign, Summer on the Move, will be delivered in Serbia this summer by the Serbian Sport for All Association.Read below to find out more about the initiatives that will be transferred to new locations around Europe through the MOVE Transfer process. Initiative: Active ParksTransfer organisation: Birmingham City Council, UKReceiving organisation: V4SPORT Foundation in partnership with the World Games 2017 and Municipality of Wroclaw, PolandActive Parks was created by Birmingham City Council to offer free physical activities to the local public in parks and other open spaces. The initiative started in Birmingham and has now been rolled out to 50 parks in Birmingham, Newcastle and London. Coca-Cola Great Britain pledged its support behind Active Parks in 2014 and the expanded initiative is now known as Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives.Find out more about Active Parks here and here:  Initiative: Doorstep Sport ClubsTransfer organisation: StreetGames, UKReceiving organisation: The Independent Organisation for Sport Education in Kosovo (OESK)Doorstep sport is an approach that has been at the heart of StreetGames’ activities since the non-profit organisation began in 2007. The secret of its success is its motto of delivering attractive physical activity offers to socially disadvantaged youth “at the right time, the right price, the right place and in the right style”, says StreetGames’ CEO Jane Ashworth. A doorstep sport club is not a traditional, organised grassroots sport club as we often know it. It is an informal, yet carefully thought out, delivery of physical activity sessions by local community sport and recreation providers that is tailored to each target group’s needs. Find out more about Doorstep Sport Clubs here Initiative: Active AgeTransfer organisation: Deutscher Turner-Bund (DTB), GermanyReceiving organisation: Czech Sokol Organisation, Czech RepublicThe 18-month Europe-wide Active Age Project was completed under the EU’s Preparatory Actions in the Field of Sport and aimed to build awareness and capacity in the field of active aging. Its results were used to produce a handbook Capacity Building for Physical Activity of Older People containing recommendations, guidelines and practical tools for organisations to promote active aging. The project has also inspired the creation of a new networking platform for stakeholders in active ageing, Moving Age.Find out more about Active Age and Moving Age  Initiative: Summer on the MoveTransfer organisation: Sport Malta (KMS), MaltaReceiving organisation: Serbian Sport for All Association, SerbiaSummer on the Move started in Malta in 2010 as a way to get Maltese adults and children active during the summer months. Around 29 activities were offered at schools, clubs and sports facilities between July and September in 2014. The activities ranged from canoeing and aquatic sports to hip-hop dancing, tai chi and team sports. The summer festival of physical activity attracts more than 3,500 participants each year. Find out more about Summer on the Move here  What is MOVE Transfer?The grassroots sport sector takes pride in sharing good practices and ISCA, as part of our ongoing work, has become aware of many practices that have proven so successful that transferring them to other settings would seem a very valuable investment. But this has not often happened. We have also noticed that successful local initiatives have not been brought to scale at a national level.Therefore, ISCA has created MOVE Transfer as a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one setting and transferring them to a new setting (new organisation, new community). It will also offer certain initiatives the opportunity to expand their scope within their own country (“scaling up” the initiative).MOVE Transfer is supported by Coca-Cola Europe. Visit the official project website here 
    MOVE Transfer partners to roll out initiatives internationally
  • NETFIT® fitness assessment system introduced in Hungarian schools
    On 5 January 2015, all public schools in Hungary started to use the NETFIT® (Hungarian National Student Fitness Test) fitness assessment in an ascending system from 5th grade upwards. ISCA member, the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) developed the new test battery and coordinated comprehensive in-service training for more than 7000 physical education teachers in the country to prepare the education system for the arrival of this new development. NETFIT® assesses four different fitness profiles (body composition; aerobic capacity; musculoskeletal fitness; flexibility profile) and each profile is composed of different fitness tests. The special software provides separate evaluations for each profile and is able to categorise each child into specific zones: the “Healthy Fitness” Zone, the “Needs Improvement” Zone, or the “Needs Improvement – Health Risk” Zone. The scientific background used to make the evaluations was developed in partnership with the Cooper Institute in the US. Once the teachers perform the physical fitness assessment, all data will be entered into an electronic system, which will be made available to the students, teachers and parents in separate interfaces. If children are identified in zones indicating that further development is needed, the teachers will be able to intervene with a development plan in consultation with the parents. Beyond that, no further marks will be given for fitness tests during physical education classes. This means that the students, teachers and parents will not be focusing on gaining top marks in physical education anymore, but will aim to improve and/or maintain the children’s fitness and keep them in the Healthy Fitness Zone. NETFIT® now serves as the compulsory fitness assessment test battery and will be used in all Hungarian schools. Therefore, the aggregate data can be used to help decision makers to form policies and plan interventions in the field of physical activity and physical education. As HSSF will operate the system in the following years, the regular results will contribute to further scientific research and development of evidence-based physical activity interventions. 
    NETFIT® fitness assessment system introduced in Hungarian schools
  • Hungarian School Sport Federation awarded two-year EU grant to examine the quality of physical education in Europe
    New ISCA member the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) has been rewarded with a grant of €297,000 by the EU within the frame its Erasmus+ Sport Programme.  HSSF will lead a consortium of 5 countries in the two-year European Framework of Quality Physical Education project, which will include the Ministry of Education and Religion from Greece; the Central Begleidings Orgaan from the Netherlands (a health-centered research and service providing organisation); the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University from Frankfurt, Germany; and the University of Technology from Kaunas, Lithuania. The purpose of the project is to propose a framework that supports the implementation of health enhancing physical activity in schools at a European level. It aims to develop principles and identify areas of intervention using health oriented physical education. The project will include a comprehensive study of physical education (PE) models in selected European countries’ public education systems, examining their methods, results and overall effectiveness. During the research, the experts from the 5 collaborating partners will analyse the core curricula from the perspective of the health-centered awareness, PE approaches and the role of school PE in developing students’ attitudes towards life-long exercise and healthy lifestyles. During the two-year period of the project, the members of the consortium will prepare analyses and policy recommendations as a result of joint workshops and individual professional development, with consideration given to differences in the national contexts.  Background:Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF), a non-profit organisation established in 1987, is the national representative organisation of student school sport associations. HSSF implements public education interests and universal sport goals, and also actively promotes the beneficial spending of the students’ leisure time. 
    Hungarian School Sport Federation awarded two-year EU grant to examine the quality of physical education in Europe
Don’t act against the evidence: Inactivity kills more than obesity!
By Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President This month, researchers from Cambridge University published research showing that Inactivity kills more than obesity. Much more in fact! The study followed over 334,000 European men and women over 12 years and its results indicated that “twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity”. Two of the least active groups in the study proved to be the most critical contributors to this finding. Being part of the former (the inactive group) could mean premature death, while being part of the latter (the moderately inactive) could lead to a more normal lifespan. How can being moderately inactive make such a difference? Because the little bit of light exercise that creeps into the moderately inactive person’s day – such as a brisk walk – helps them burn up to 110 calories every time. This accumulates to eventually reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 16-30%. Powerful evidenceThis new data offers evidence that can be used in a powerful way. Politicians can have any opinion they like. He or she can decide to initiate or give priority to certain actions with the intention that the outcome will be this and that – just because they have this opinion. Anybody can, of course, disagree with their opinion, but it is still regarded as a legitimate political opinion. “So what?” you might ask. But this is my point. If you, as a politician, say we should do A because it will result in B, but evidence shows that A will not, in fact, result in B, then the decision maker will not only be acting upon your personal opinion (despite the good intention behind it), but against evidence. This is not good political governance. So in response to studies like these, I would say that politicians and health/prevention decision makers should prioritise spending double the amount of resources on physical activity initiatives than on diet and obesity oriented initiatives – otherwise they will be acting against the evidence! As stakeholders in grassroots sport and physical activity we can also use evidence from the latest research to ask any responsible decision maker in this field: Which areas should get the most political and financial attention – those that are the most dangerous or those that are less dangerous? That is a good question and a rather easy one to answer. And we can follow it up with “So let’s start doing something about it rather than continuing to act against the evidence”. Read more about the University of Cambridge's study here"Computer" means doing a lot in the same spot - see our video from MOVE Week 2014 

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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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