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  • Take action this World Heart Day
    Photo: ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign support World Heart Day (photo from FlashMOVE 2016 by Lithuanian Sport University) Today, on World Heart Day (29 September 2016), the World Heart Federation is urging people around the globe to unite to turn information into action and transform the 1 in 10 lives that are being cut short prematurely as a direct result of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death globally, claiming over 17 million lives each year. However, at least 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided. The World Heart Day website has a wealth of information to empower individuals to help themselves to get to grips with their own heart health. The new Heart IQ tool in particular is a great way to take the plunge and see just how ‘heart smart’ you really are. Professor David Wood, President Elect of the World Heart Federation, said: “Cardiovascular disease is preventable in so many cases and that’s why we’re encouraging people to take action and learn more about their heart health this World Heart Day. It’s easy for all of us to be a bit complacent as we can’t see our hearts, but small everyday steps like eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can really improve your heart health and your overall well-being.” The public campaign is backed up by a strong call to policymakers and governments to also harness the power of information: to transform the heart health of global nations. World Heart Federation is calling on them to make a firm commitment to implement reliable and fit for purpose surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD in order to better prevent, control and treat the world’s biggest killer. With the call launched at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Hearts Initiative meeting last week, the World Heart Federation is today publishing a policy brief executive summary which looks at how countries and regions collect data on cardiovascular disease, with a focus on premature mortality caused by CVD. The policy brief shows worrying inconsistencies in how CVD is monitored around the world and notes some of the challenges faced on a global scale – from practical elements such as lack of resources and limited workforce capacity, to lack of political will. It also offers a series of recommendations, from strengthening national civil registration systems (births, deaths and causes of death) and sharing best practice, to helping to tackle political inertia by sharing data in easy to read formats that encourages better uptake and results in action. At present, it is thought that only 42 countries have non-communicable disease (NCD) surveillance and monitoring systems that support reporting against the World Health Organization’s targets for reducing NCDs . Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation, said: “The ongoing threat of cardiovascular diseases for individuals, communities and countries is very real. Through more efficient and detailed monitoring we can gather information to build a much better picture of which nations are in need of support, and which we can learn from, sharing best practice across the globe. This is especially important for lower income countries where the threat from CVD is even more serious.” In celebration of World Heart Day, Philips, a leading health technology company, has teamed with the World Heart Federation to help people better manage their heart health. “Our new partnership with the World Heart Federation is an important element of our commitment to drive prevention of CVD by making clear the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and to help people make better choices and develop healthier habits for life,” said Carla Kriwet, Business Leader of Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips. Get involved in World Heart Day 2016!Wherever you are in the world, you can show your support for World Heart Day and help raise awareness of the need to reduce the number of deaths from CVD in the following ways:Tweet @worldheartfed with your Healthy Heart Selfie. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WorldHeartDay so we can repost your picture on our Wall of SelfiesTake the Heart IQ Test to find out how ‘Heart Smart’ you are: http://worldheartday.org/Look out for iconic buildings turning red around the globe! Sources:World Health Organization, 2012World Heart FederationKroll et al. Challenges to the surveillance of non-communicable diseases–a review of selected approaches BMC Public Health (2015) 15:1243 For more information World Heart Day 2016, see the World Heart Federation website: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/ World Heart Day press enquiries: please contact Beth Andlaw, Victoria Mayman or Emily Howard: 00 44 (0)203 861 3820 / whd@grayling.com About World Heart Day 2016World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.5 million lives each year. World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year. The theme of this year is power your life - we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. We are also calling on global governments and policy makers to implement reliable, simple and fit-for-purpose surveillance systems for monitoring the burden and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This World Heart Day we’ve joined forces with Bupa and Philips to make World Heart Day more powerful than ever. With their support, we are raising awareness and encouraging individuals, families, communities and governments to take action and help us to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from CVD by 2025. Together, we aim to help people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives. For more information about World Heart Day 2016 including access to the campaign materials visit the website. About the World Heart Federation The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. We are the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the CVD community to drive the CVD agenda and help people live longer, better, more heart-healthy lives. Working with more than 200 member organizations in over 100 countries, we strive for a 25% reduction by 2025 in premature deaths from cardiovascular disease around the world. For more information, please visit: www.worldheart.org; www.facebook.com/worldheartfederation and twitter.com/worldheartfed.    
    Take action this World Heart Day
  • Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children
    Press release The second European School Sport Day® is set to engage more than 1 million school children from at least 17 countries in inclusive physical activity initiatives this Friday, 30 September. The day is an official European Week of Sport event supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme. Its goal is to promote physical activity and health on international level and involve as many children and young people, schools and organisations as possible. European School Sport Day® is being organised by the Hungarian School Sport Federation in partnership with the International Culture and Sport Association (ISCA), the European Physical Education Association, Youth Sport Trust (United Kingdom), Fundacja V4 Sport (Poland), and BG BE Active Association (Bulgaria). This year, the partners are building on their successful rollout of the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s National School Sport Day model to Bulgaria and Poland in 2015. They tested the day in the two new countries simultaneously with the event in Hungary last year as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign’s annual MOVE Week and the EU’s European Week of Sport. More than 300 schools in Bulgaria and 157 schools in Poland added to the 800 schools registered in Hungary. In 2014, more than 200,000 children took part in the Hungarian edition when the event was expanded nationally to include more children with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds under ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme. All schools in Europe are invited to join in the day and make use of the free European School Sport Day® developed by the partners, who draw on extensive experience in working in school settings and with grassroots sport initiatives. Organisers are encouraged to register their events on the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s webpage http://www.essd.eu/registration/ and can download the toolkit and promotional materials at http://essd.nowwemove.com/  In August this year, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) confirmed a formal registration of the event, granting a 10-year trademark for sport events, sport competitions and tournaments organised under the name of European School Sport Day®. The Hungarian School Sport Federation says this is an important step to ensuring the event’s continued expansion in the coming years. “The consortium of partners, which was initially brought together by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission, proud to achieve this milestone in the journey of developing European School Sport Day® into one of the most relevant school sport event in Europe.” NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager for Europe, Laska Nenova (ISCA) says there has been widespread interest of the event among followers of the campaign. “There has been a great uptake of European School Sport Day® on social media, with hundreds of school staff across Europe sharing our announcements and resources with their colleagues. The partners’ expertise has made the European School Sport Day resources an attractive way to promote the day and we are confident we will see a big increase in participation across Europe this year.” About the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. Created in 1995, ISCA cooperates with its 217 member organisations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. It has 40 million individual members from 80 countries which represent a diverse group of people active within youth, sport and cultural activities. ISCA’s activities support the general HEPA (health enhancing physical activity) policy of the EU. ISCA concentrates on three key areas – activities, education and policy-making. As well as promoting events and educational programmes, ISCA takes a full role in the public debate on sport and culture and strives to influence policies in these areas. http://www.isca-web.org About the NowWeMOVE campaign NowWeMOVE is Europe’s largest bottom-up campaign of its kind promoting sport and physical activity. Launched in 2012 by ISCA, it brings stakeholders in the sport for all from a variety of sectors together to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic across Europe. The cross-sector vision of the campaign is to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020.” The overall objectives of the campaign are to raise awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity among European citizens; promote opportunities to be active in sport and physical activity; and enable sustainable and innovative capacity building for providers of physical activity initiatives through open-source solutions and advocacy. Please visit the NowWeMOVE website for more information – http://nowwemove.com/
    Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children
  • ISCA supports World Heart Day
    The World Heart Day is on 29 September and ISCA is partnering again with the World Heart Federation to support the day. World Heart Day is the biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. You can take part by promoting the message or organising a physical activity event or taking part in the 8-week walking challenge. As part of the lead-up to the day, the World Heart Federation released a call yesterday urging governments to act now on cardiovascular health. Download the full press release below.Find out more about World Heart Day  
    ISCA supports World Heart Day
  • 22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day: How did your country shape up?
    Photo: The European Fitness Day was celebrated in the European Week of Sport’s opening ceremony host city, Kosice This year, ISCA and its European Fitness Day partners ukactive, BG BeActive, German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) and Sports Union of Slovenia set out to scale-up the successful UK National Fitness Day and roll it out across Europe. With fitness centres and clubs in 22 countries and over 180 cities offering European Fitness Day events on 15 September, the early signs are that this first test was a success. Numbers are only one way of measuring success – personal experience is another. If you organised a European Fitness Day event, we invite you to share your thoughts on the very first edition. What was the impact of the event in your country? Please help us measure it by completing our European Fitness Day survey – it only takes 5 minutes and it can pave the way for an even bigger and better European Fitness Day in 2017.Our collaboration with four project partners working in fitness and physical activity promotion, including expert guidance from ukactive based on their experience with National Fitness Day, meant that we could develop a range of customised resources and promotional materials, which made it easy for event organisers to get involved. The take-up of European Fitness Day around Europe – with particularly strong numbers in Germany and Spain – was a testament to this sharing of expertise. Highlights on the day included Eurofitness in Spain combining the best of two worlds – the European Fitness Day and FlashMOVE – by getting fitness groups (including a seniors aquarobics class) to perform the official European Week of Sport flash mob in their workout sessions. Watch their video here Fitness centres in the European Week of Sport opening ceremony’s host city, Kosice, also got into the spirit, organising special workout sessions for the day. The National Fitness Day in the UK, held in conjunction with European Fitness Day, broke its own records with 17,000 events, which showcased the event’s potential to grow across Europe. More fitness centres and clubs in Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia shared their events on social media, and we look forward to reading the results of the survey to find out how other countries celebrated the day. Access the European Fitness Day survey hereFind out more about the most active day in Europe
    22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day: How did your country shape up?
  • Czech Sokol Organisation to host workshop on physical education in November
    On 11-13 November, ISCA member Czech Sokol Organisation will host interactive workshops to inspire people working in physical education to allow more children and their parents to enjoy being physically active in a safe and supporting environment. The PaCH 2016 workshop is supported by ISCA and will explore the following themes, which take inspiration from the American Sokol Organisation, the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, music and recycling: Main themes of the workshopThe use of untraditional and innovative materials during the exercise of parents and children, preschool children. How to motivate pre-schoolers to use recyclable materials during PE lessons The workshop programme will include theoretical lectures (30 – 45 minutes) and practical lectures (45 – 60 min.) Themes of practical workshopsGames for parents and children, pre-school childrenMusic and movement education Creative ideas from Brazil for Olympic and Paralympic sports with recyclable materials Developing creativity through a thematic team game "at the court of Emperor Charles the IV“  Psychomotor exercises with untraditional tools Themes of theoretical lectures Why recycle?Theoretical aspects of psychomotor exercises"How to Get Your Chid Involved“ - the experience of American Sokol Organization with programs for pre-school children The workshops will be in English and Czech (and translations will be provided) and registration is open until 14 October. Please download the PDF below for more information. 
    Czech Sokol Organisation to host workshop on physical education in November
Take action this World Heart Day
Photo: ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign support World Heart Day (photo from FlashMOVE 2016 by Lithuanian Sport University) Today, on World Heart Day (29 September 2016), the World Heart Federation is urging people around the globe to unite to turn information into action and transform the 1 in 10 lives that are being cut short prematurely as a direct result of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death globally, claiming over 17 million lives each year. However, at least 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided. The World Heart Day website has a wealth of information to empower individuals to help themselves to get to grips with their own heart health. The new Heart IQ tool in particular is a great way to take the plunge and see just how ‘heart smart’ you really are. Professor David Wood, President Elect of the World Heart Federation, said: “Cardiovascular disease is preventable in so many cases and that’s why we’re encouraging people to take action and learn more about their heart health this World Heart Day. It’s easy for all of us to be a bit complacent as we can’t see our hearts, but small everyday steps like eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can really improve your heart health and your overall well-being.” The public campaign is backed up by a strong call to policymakers and governments to also harness the power of information: to transform the heart health of global nations. World Heart Federation is calling on them to make a firm commitment to implement reliable and fit for purpose surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD in order to better prevent, control and treat the world’s biggest killer. With the call launched at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Hearts Initiative meeting last week, the World Heart Federation is today publishing a policy brief executive summary which looks at how countries and regions collect data on cardiovascular disease, with a focus on premature mortality caused by CVD. The policy brief shows worrying inconsistencies in how CVD is monitored around the world and notes some of the challenges faced on a global scale – from practical elements such as lack of resources and limited workforce capacity, to lack of political will. It also offers a series of recommendations, from strengthening national civil registration systems (births, deaths and causes of death) and sharing best practice, to helping to tackle political inertia by sharing data in easy to read formats that encourages better uptake and results in action. At present, it is thought that only 42 countries have non-communicable disease (NCD) surveillance and monitoring systems that support reporting against the World Health Organization’s targets for reducing NCDs . Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation, said: “The ongoing threat of cardiovascular diseases for individuals, communities and countries is very real. Through more efficient and detailed monitoring we can gather information to build a much better picture of which nations are in need of support, and which we can learn from, sharing best practice across the globe. This is especially important for lower income countries where the threat from CVD is even more serious.” In celebration of World Heart Day, Philips, a leading health technology company, has teamed with the World Heart Federation to help people better manage their heart health. “Our new partnership with the World Heart Federation is an important element of our commitment to drive prevention of CVD by making clear the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and to help people make better choices and develop healthier habits for life,” said Carla Kriwet, Business Leader of Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips. Get involved in World Heart Day 2016!Wherever you are in the world, you can show your support for World Heart Day and help raise awareness of the need to reduce the number of deaths from CVD in the following ways:Tweet @worldheartfed with your Healthy Heart Selfie. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WorldHeartDay so we can repost your picture on our Wall of SelfiesTake the Heart IQ Test to find out how ‘Heart Smart’ you are: http://worldheartday.org/Look out for iconic buildings turning red around the globe! Sources:World Health Organization, 2012World Heart FederationKroll et al. Challenges to the surveillance of non-communicable diseases–a review of selected approaches BMC Public Health (2015) 15:1243 For more information World Heart Day 2016, see the World Heart Federation website: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/ World Heart Day press enquiries: please contact Beth Andlaw, Victoria Mayman or Emily Howard: 00 44 (0)203 861 3820 / whd@grayling.com About World Heart Day 2016World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.5 million lives each year. World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year. The theme of this year is power your life - we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. We are also calling on global governments and policy makers to implement reliable, simple and fit-for-purpose surveillance systems for monitoring the burden and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This World Heart Day we’ve joined forces with Bupa and Philips to make World Heart Day more powerful than ever. With their support, we are raising awareness and encouraging individuals, families, communities and governments to take action and help us to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from CVD by 2025. Together, we aim to help people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives. For more information about World Heart Day 2016 including access to the campaign materials visit the website. About the World Heart Federation The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. We are the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the CVD community to drive the CVD agenda and help people live longer, better, more heart-healthy lives. Working with more than 200 member organizations in over 100 countries, we strive for a 25% reduction by 2025 in premature deaths from cardiovascular disease around the world. For more information, please visit: www.worldheart.org; www.facebook.com/worldheartfederation and twitter.com/worldheartfed.    

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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.

 

Download the full report and infographics at the official microsite http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com/

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Training on-line tool for non-formal Education through Sport and physical activities with young people.

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