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  • Bike for Europe teams arrive at European Village after 22 days showcasing the power of the bike
    The Bike for Europe teams took centre stage at European Village and Day of Sport (Tag des Sports) festival in Vienna on 22 September when they arrived after 22 days and 1750km cycling from the north and south to the centre of Europe. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics was there to greet the teams and receive the last of the 23 olive trees the South Team had carried with them from Olympia, Greece, as a gesture of peace and European solidarity for each country they visited along the way to Vienna.The teams’ arrival paved the way for Commissioner Navracsics’ speech to officially open the fourth European Week of Sport, as the tour had been promoting the #BeActive message, participation in physical activity and social inclusion in the lead-up to the week. In his on-stage interview, ready to present the olive tree to the Commissioner, South Team captain Georgios Farfaras explained why it was important for his team to plant these trees along their #BikeForEurope journey. “During the pre-tour we had in Greece we visited ancient Olympia to attend a photo exhibition for refugees and on stories about refugees living in Greece as part of a United Nations project for accommodation and assistance,” he said. “So we had the idea to take some olive trees from ancient Olympia, because the olive was a gift to the winners of the Olympic Games and the olive tree is the symbol for peace and friendship. So we carried with our trailer 23 olive trees along the way and every day we had a tree planting with the local organisation and the people we met there to symbolise our route and for everyone to remember that cycling is a powerful tool for social inclusion – for poor people, for disabled people, for immigrants, for refugees for everyone. The bicycle can bring us together.”
    Bike for Europe teams arrive at European Village after 22 days showcasing the power of the bike
  • EU Sport Unit Deputy: Bike for Europe is very relevant and timely
    The Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour has gained a lot of support from cycling advocates throughout September, none more so than the Deputy Head of the EU Sport Unit Marisa Fernandez and the Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works Pascal Smet. They welcomed ISCA and the Bike for Europe North Team in Brussels on 5 September and shared their thoughts with Bike for Europe coordinator, Laura Maria Tiidla, on the importance of promoting cycling. See the video here and read more below. “The Bike for Europe initiative is very relevant and it’s timely,” Marisa Fernandez said. “1.6 billion adults are at risk of deadly illnesses worldwide because of the lack of physical activities, so the main goal of Bike for Europe is to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity, and really goes to meet this alarming, alarming, pressing need.” She also stressed the importance of Bike for Europe’s social inclusion and fundraising campaign to buy bicycles for people in need. “I think also Bike for Europe… it can show how sport can help those more disadvantaged, because Europeans can donate their kilometres, so at the end of the experience bikes can be bought for refugees and disadvantaged people,” she said. Pascal Smet said he saw the value of awareness-raising campaigns such as Bike for Europe in the bigger picture of advocacy for active transport in cities. His city, Brussels, is aiming to become more bike friendly despite being a bustling hub of business and politics. “You know, we used to be a city for cars. We are now transforming the city into a city for people, and of course for cyclists. And that’s what we are doing, and so I’m glad you are stopping here in Brussels and giving this message to the people of Brussels and the people of Europe that the capital of Europe is finally embracing cycling as an alternative,” he said. Maria Fernandez said she also saw ISCA and Bike for Europe as exemplary in promoting the #BeActive message in the lead-up to the European Week of Sport. “It’s of course it is thanks to initiatives like Bike for Europe, and of course our partner of the Week, ISCA. So we are very grateful to bike for Europe and the bikers who raise awareness about the Week, and help us promote our logo, which is #BeActive,” she said. The Bike for Europe tour ends on 22 September in Vienna, and both the North and South Teams will be greeted by the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics and the Vice Chancellor of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, in Prater Park in Vienna when they arrive at the officiala opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport. 
    EU Sport Unit Deputy: Bike for Europe is very relevant and timely
  • Where to catch ISCA during the European Week of Sport
    For the 4th year in a row, ISCA is playing a significant role in the European Week of Sport as both a flagship event organiser, with Bike for Europe, and the National Coordinating Body for Denmark. This year, the EU once again selected a NowWeMOVE campaign initiative, NowWeBike Bike for Europe, to promote the #BeActive message in the lead-up to and at the opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport. The Week officially starts on Sunday 23 September and runs until 30 September, but the two Bike for Europe teams who started their journeys on 1 September will kick off the opening ceremony on Saturday 22 September in Vienna, Austria, which is also hosting the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. As it is in ISCA’s DNA to promote physical activity and opportunities to be active, it won’t be hard to spot our team during the European Week of Sport, especially if you are in Denmark, Vienna, Prague or Barcelona. Here’s where you can meet us over the coming week: AustriaFriday 21 September: EU Conference on the Economic Dimension of Sport, Sport for Growth and Employment;Critical Mass cycling event, ViennaSaturday 22 September: European Week of Sport Opening Ceremony, Prater Park, Vienna(Bike for Europe teams arrive 13:30 CET) Czech RepublicFriday 21 September: Pohyb jako elixír života 2018, Jacob Schouenborg is speaking at the conference in Prague SpainSunday 23 September: La Fiesta del Fitnes, Barcelona (with our MOVEment Spaces project partners) DenmarkSaturday 22 September: Move for Life and #BeActive Night, AarhusSunday 23 September: Margueritløbet, Valbyparken, ValbyTuesday/Wednesday 25-26 September: Holdspilsdagen (Team Sports Day), FrederiksbergFriday 28 September: WHO Europe, ISCA and Ollerup Academy of Physical Education MOVE UN City, NordhavnSaturday 29 September: Vejfest i Vest, HolstebroSunday 30 September: Runners High, Konditaget Lüders, Nordhavn Find out more:Bike for Europe: https://nowwebike.nowwemove.com/European Week of Sport Denmark: https://europeanweekofsport.dk/La Fiesta del Fitnes: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/fitnessday/ca/ (organised by ISCA MOVEment Spaces partners Ubae and City of Barcelona)  
    Where to catch ISCA during the European Week of Sport
  • Bike for Europe teams ready to meet after 1750km tour across Europe
    After starting 3500km apart and cycling for 22 days to promote physical activity and social inclusion, the Bike for Europe north and south teams are set to meet each other at the official opening of the European Week of Sport on Saturday 22 September. Press release 19 September 2018 – Vienna, Austria: Two teams of five cyclists from five different countries and two continents started their 1750km Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour on 1 September to raise awareness about the benefits of active transport and physical activity for health, the environment and social inclusion. Now they are ready to come together for the first time in Vienna on 22 September at 13:30 CET as part of the official European Week of Sport (and Austrian Tag des Sports) opening ceremony programme. The two teams have cycled through a total of 11 European countries, starting from the Netherlands and Greece respectively, and will meet on the #BeActive Village stage in Prater in Vienna, which is also hosting the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as a symbolic gesture of solidarity and peaceful mobility. Bike for Europe is a cross-border cycling tour organised by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and co-funded by the European Commission as an official European Week of Sport event for 2018. The tour has contributed to the build-up to the annual event and will kick-off the Europe-wide celebration of the Week, which runs from 23-30 September. It also contributes to the European Mobility Week, which runs until 22 September. The Bike for Europe tour travelled along several EuroVelo routes, through UCI Bike Regions and parts of the Cycling Cities network in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. Cycling advocates, including the Deputy Head of the EU Sport Unit, Marisa Esteban, and Brussels Minister Pascal Smet, responsible for Mobility and Public Works, joined on-route or off-route events in 17 countries around Europe, and over 10,000 recreational cyclists raised funds for bicycles for organisations working with people in need by contributing to the Donate Your Kilometres Challenge, which is running until 23 September. UCI Cycling For All partnered in the side events organised in the Bike for Europe North Tour. Bike for Europe Coordinator Laura-Maria Tiidla says the support for these initiatives both within and outside Europe is a testament to the power of everyday citizens to make a difference – not only to their own health and wellbeing, but to their fellow citizens’ as well. “The support for Bike for Europe across the continent has helped us achieve above and beyond our initial goals, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of recreational cyclists and advocates worldwide. We needed to raise 3 million kilometres to buy 100 bicycles for people in need and now we have over 4 million and a €1000 donation from the Province of Drenthe in the Netherlands to buy even more bicycles. So the tour has highlighted a united movement promoting active transport and social inclusion across borders,” she says. Deputy Head of the EU Sport Unit, Marisa Esteban, says awareness raising initiatives like Bike for Europe are important in drawing attention to the importance of physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “The Bike for Europe initiative is very relevant and it’s timely. 1.6 billion adults are at risk of deadly illnesses, worldwide, because of the lack of physical activities, so the main goal of Bike for Europe is to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity, and really goes to meet this alarming and pressing need,” she said in Brussels during the Bike for Europe side event there. The teams’ progress towards Vienna is being tracked on the official website until their arrival on Saturday at http://nowwebike.nowwemove.com/  Press contacts and for further inquiries:Laura Maria TiidlaBike for Europe Project Coordinator at ISCAe-mail: lmt@isca-web.org Press contacts and for further inquiries:Laura Maria TiidlaBike for Europe Project Coordinator at ISCAe-mail: lmt@isca-web.org 
    Bike for Europe teams ready to meet after 1750km tour across Europe
  • New WHO/Lancet data illustrates inactivity challenge – and between the lines, also the solutions!
    Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg (Photo: MOVE Week in Spain).  At first sight, the new data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Lancet Global Health can seem depressing – showing a stagnation or even an increase in inactivity levels. And there is no doubt that this situation is challenging. But when you take a closer look, there are actually some important insights that we in the grassroots sport sector can use. Firstly, there are big gaps between different regions and different countries. In other words, some countries promote physical activity better that others. ISCA works daily to ensure that important learnings and good practices from the best performing organisations and countries are shared across borders. In other words: There are solutions that work, and there is something we can do! Secondly, the persistent gender gap in inactivity across the world shows that we also need to tackle social and cultural barriers to being active. This requires a cross-sector approach, and ISCA is here to highlight the value and cost-effectiveness of civil society organisations in this equation. Governments have an important role to play – and they can benefit greatly from working with civil society solutions. In summary, it is important to focus on what can be done, instead of despairing over the challenge. Other major global health risks are declining – and we can make the same happen for inactivity! The new Lancet Global Health results were announced internationally today by the WHO and their media partners, including ISCA. You can read the full press release here. Physical activity advocacy milestones for ISCA and our members in 2017/2018ISCA and our members contribute to the draft Global Action Plan for Physical Activity in 2017, highlighting the key role civil society organisations and grassroots sport can play to promote physical activity.A revised draft is published in January 2018 with a clearer emphasis on civil society as a stakeholder in providing solutions to the global inactivity crisis.The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – More Active People for a Healthier World (GAPPA) is officially launched in June 2018 after its adoption in May. ISCA attends launch event in Lisbon, Portugal.In June 2018, ISCA’s ActiveVoice social media campaign promoting the launch of the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity featured one of the top retweeted posts using the #GAPPA hashtag.ISCA’s ongoing advocacy and activation efforts to promote physical activity fuelled our Inactivity Time Bomb research and NowWeMOVE campaign. 
    New WHO/Lancet data illustrates inactivity challenge – and between the lines, also the solutions!
Bike for Europe teams arrive at European Village after 22 days showcasing the power of the bike
The Bike for Europe teams took centre stage at European Village and Day of Sport (Tag des Sports) festival in Vienna on 22 September when they arrived after 22 days and 1750km cycling from the north and south to the centre of Europe. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics was there to greet the teams and receive the last of the 23 olive trees the South Team had carried with them from Olympia, Greece, as a gesture of peace and European solidarity for each country they visited along the way to Vienna.The teams’ arrival paved the way for Commissioner Navracsics’ speech to officially open the fourth European Week of Sport, as the tour had been promoting the #BeActive message, participation in physical activity and social inclusion in the lead-up to the week. In his on-stage interview, ready to present the olive tree to the Commissioner, South Team captain Georgios Farfaras explained why it was important for his team to plant these trees along their #BikeForEurope journey. “During the pre-tour we had in Greece we visited ancient Olympia to attend a photo exhibition for refugees and on stories about refugees living in Greece as part of a United Nations project for accommodation and assistance,” he said. “So we had the idea to take some olive trees from ancient Olympia, because the olive was a gift to the winners of the Olympic Games and the olive tree is the symbol for peace and friendship. So we carried with our trailer 23 olive trees along the way and every day we had a tree planting with the local organisation and the people we met there to symbolise our route and for everyone to remember that cycling is a powerful tool for social inclusion – for poor people, for disabled people, for immigrants, for refugees for everyone. The bicycle can bring us together.”

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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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