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  • Can we afford the cost of physical inactivity? Cebr's Vicky Pryce features in new debate
    The second online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. The lead author of the new ISCA/Cebr report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe', Vicky Pryce, responds to questions on the impact of lack of time and support on the public's exercise habits. Pryce is an economist and former Joint Head of the UK’s Government Economic Service. 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 Access the full report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe' here http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com/report/ 
    Can we afford the cost of physical inactivity? Cebr's Vicky Pryce features in new debate
  • Inactivity Time Bomb: ISCA challenges the European Parliament
    In 2014 ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association) went to European Parliament to ask Members of European Parliament (MEP) to show us their moves. This year they wanted to do even more! That's because study ISCA has commissioned has now shown that physical inactivity is costing Europe 80 billion Euros every year. Watch the video and the individual MEP interviews here Meet the MEPs:Daniel DALTON (ECR, UK)Emma MCCLARKIN (ECR, UK)Mary HONEYBALL (S&D, UK)Julie WARD (S&D, UK)Marlene MIZZI (S&D, Malta) (pictured above)Bogdan WENTA (EPP, Poland)Sean KELLY (EPP, Ireland)Hannu TAKKULA (ALDE, Finland)Christel SCHADELMOSE (S&D, Denmark)Marc TARABELLA (S&D, Belgium)Andrey NOVAKOV (EPP, Bulgaria)Bogdan ZDROJEWSKI (EPP, Poland) Download the report at http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com/ NowWeMOVE CampaignWebsite ▶ http://nowwemove.com/Blog ▶ http://blog.nowwemove.com/Facebook ▶ https://www.facebook.com/NowWeMoveTwitter ▶ https://twitter.com/NowWeMovePinterest ▶ https://www.pinterest.com/NowWeMove_pin/ISCA Website ▶ http://www.isca-web.org Special thanks to « Association Luxembourgeoise de Street Soccer » (ALSS) Video by Brecht BoelensPhotos by Jana Stehliková
    Inactivity Time Bomb: ISCA challenges the European Parliament
  • New study shows nearly 46% of Brazilians are inactive
    A partnership between ISCA member SESC, the Brazilian Ministry of Sports and six federal unversities (UFRGS, UFRJ, UFG, UFAM, UFS and UFBA) have enabled the development and launch of what is to be the country’s first National Sports and Physical Activity Research. The research was launched on Monday 22 June with an interactive website and video in Portuguese. Answering questions such as How many Brazilians do sport or physical activity? Where, how and why did they do sport or physical activity? How many are sedentary? Who used to do sport or physical activity but has abandoned it? Why did they abandon it? The main results of the study are: 45.9% of Brazilians do not do any sport nor physical activity. Amongst them, 50.4% are women and 41.6% are men.Of those who abandoned sport or physical activity last year, 69.8% said it was due to lack of time or other priorities.Football is the most practiced sport (59.8%), followed by volleyball (9.7%) and swimming (4.9%).Walking is the most practiced physical activity (45.7%), followed by riding a bicycle (14.1%) and running (6.5%). Find the full results here The study was financed by FINEP (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos - Brazil). In order to improve these active numbers it is in action the MOVE Brasil, a national campaign aiming to get more Brazilians moving by 2016. Read more about the Move Brasil campaign here
    New study shows nearly 46% of Brazilians are inactive
  • SESC São Paulo’s Maria Luiza Souza Dias: “We benefit from being part of ISCA’s international umbrella”
    Photo: Roberto Assim/Play the Game.ISCA is always striving to expand its reach and collaboration with organisations across the world, and soon after it was founded in 1995, ISCA established a dynamic and valuable connection with one of the biggest grassroots sport and culture organisations in Latin America, SESC (Social Service of Commerce) São Paulo in Brazil. Since the start of the new millennium, this collaboration has given rise to the establishment of ISCA’s Latin America Secretariat, the MOVE Congress 2012 in São Paulo, the Move Brasil campaign and the appointment of SESC São Paulo’s Manager of Physical and Sportive Development, Maria Luiza Souza Dias an ISCA Vice President and Latin American Chairperson.As part of our 20th anniversary interview series, ISCA speaks to Maria Luiza Souza Dias about what attracted SESC São Paulo to become an ISCA member and the successful initiatives that have helped both organisations spread their influence on sport for all development in Latin America.Q: First I will ask you how you became connected with ISCA – how did it all start?The institutional relationship between ISCA and SESC São Paulo started in 2001, when we became an ISCA member. SESC São Paulo was aware about ISCA due to the partnership between SESC São Paulo and Unicamp, a university that hosted the Secretariat of the ISCA Latin America Committee until 2008. In 1999, SESC São Paulo and Unicamp organised the first edition of the International Forum of General Gymnastics with ISCA’s support. Since then, the Forum has been held every two years and is always supported by ISCA. One of the main reasons SESC was attracted to ISCA is because, as mentioned in its Statutes, “ISCA understands sport as an integral part of cultural life.” Q: How has ISCA helped SESC and what has SESC brought to ISCA?Since we started our cooperation with ISCA, we increased our network of contacts and partnerships and we have had the opportunity to spread SESC beyond our borders, thus expanding our mission and actions. At the same time, SESC São Paulo promoted ISCA and its values in Latin America, not only to bring new members to its network by gathering different organisations, but also to incentivise and support the development of innovative actions to promote sport for all (SFA). SESC has also brought knowledge to ISCA on the Brazilian SFA landscape and, through its events and projects, also inspired the association to develop new initiatives in SFA in Latin America. SESC and ISCA have worked together on important actions to reduce sedentarism and to promote active and healthy lifestyles. In particular, we are implementing an action plan in Latin America with the goal to gather organisations that are interested in developing SFA actions. ISCA’s Latin American based staff members, Tatiana Camargo (ISCA LA) and Pedro B. Emmanoelli, are in contact with Latin American partners to spread our action plan and to invite them to take part in it. The idea is to achieve successful partnerships with these organisations and develop future activities together. We benefit from being part of ISCA’s international umbrella, due to our interaction with its members, partner associations, and other international stakeholders and leaders in sport for all promotion. Taking the Move Brasil campaign as an example, I think it can inspire us to develop new activities, like “MOVE seniors” or “MOVE children”. Q. What kind of impact do you think ISCA has had in Brazil and Latin America? ISCA has had a positive impact in Brazil and Latin America, mainly because the association has contributed to gathering organisations to share their experiences and knowledge. We also need to mention that SESC and ISCA have a mutual contribution, where both develop important national and international actions in SFA, like the Move Brasil campaign, an action that was inspired by the European campaign NowWeMOVE. We believe Move Brasil and NowWeMOVE are having a big impact in Brazil and Europe, mainly because they are reaching thousands of people. Both campaigns have built an active network with different partners, stakeholders and leaders in SFA, which have spreading the concept and importance of this initiative in terms of education and social development through sport. Another example is Challenge Day, an international campaign coordinated by SESC on the American continent, where we had the opportunity to share with ISCA the campaign values, objectives, structure of communication and dissemination through its promotional material. Furthermore, due to the cooperation between ISCA and the “Danish Folk High Schools”, Ollerup and Viborg, each year young people from Latin America and Brazil take part in the exchange program promoted by these schools, which contributes to their social and professional development. So far, more than 170 young people from Brazil and Latin America have participated in this program. Q. Why did Brazil start its own MOVE Week and Move Brasil campaign?In its trajectory, SESC has developed several actions in different areas. In sports, for instance, we organise national and international actions like events, projects, campaigns, etc. So, considering that we have extensive experience in the field of Sport for All and also taking into account the bigger sports events Brazil is hosting in this decade, the Soccer World Cup (2014) and Olympic Games (2016), we launched the Move Brasil Campaign in 2012, which will end in 2016. As mentioned above, this initiative was inspired by the European campaign NowWeMOVE from ISCA. Q: What are your personal highlights from the time you’ve been working with ISCA?Since 2008, when I became the ISCA President of the Latin American Committee, I had the opportunity to increase our network of contacts in Latin America, as well as to connect ISCA with organisations that SESC had already approached. Then, it was possible to promote an exchange with different partners for sharing experiences and knowledge.Due to ISCA’s expertise in capacity building, advocacy and volunteering work, I can say that my participation as representative of ISCA brought me a knowledge on these relevant subjects. I am very satisfied to have the opportunity to manage with ISCA successful actions in SFA promotion, such as Executive Committee meetings, the MOVE Congress and youth projects we’ve hosted in Brasil. I am mindful of the importance of representing ISCA and also having the chance to share SESC’s experiences with the ISCA network. Q. What do you look forward to in the future? We hope to continue establishing new and strong partnerships as well as strengthening the ones we already have, besides organising and supporting more innovative activities and projects. We’ll work to find different ways to attend, along with other partners, to the needs in the field of SFA in Latin America, aiming to establish a solid and effective presence of ISCA in Latin America. In addition, our goal is to gather good practices to promote exchanges and also to be able to influence public policies in a positive way. We will work to reinforce our institutional proposition to improve Brazilians’ quality of life, emphasising the fundamental aspects of sport and physical activity in society and to expand the network of cities and people who are engaged in promoting healthier lifestyles. SESC São Paulo’s journey with ISCA1999 – First International Forum of General Gymnastics, organised by SESC São Paulo (SP) and Unicamp, supported by ISCA 2001 – SESC becomes an ISCA member 2008 – Maria Luiza Souza Dias, representing SESC, is elected as ISCA President of the Latin American Committee and SESC starts to host the Latin American Committee Secretariat with Tatiana Camargo’s support as Secretary of this Committee. 2011 – Maria Luiza is elected as ISCA Vice President2012 – SESC SP hosts and organises with ISCA the MOVE Congress 2012 at SESC Vila Mariana2013 – SESC SP and ISCA launch Move Brasil campaign 2013 – Maria Luiza is re-elected as ISCA Vice President2014 – ISCA, SESC SP, UBAE (Spain) and V4Sport (Poland) launch a new EU project, Youth on the MOVE, to build young volunteers’ capacities to stage MOVE Week and MOVE Week Brazil events
    SESC São Paulo’s Maria Luiza Souza Dias: “We benefit from being part of ISCA’s international umbrella”
  • New NowWeMOVE cycling event 'All Routes lead to Brussels' starts this July
    A new cross-border cycling event called 'All Routes Lead to Brussels' will see a team of recreational cyclists riding from Mugla, Turkey, to Brussels through 12 European cities from 24 July to 9 September. The event is a new feature of the year-round NowWeMOVE campaign calendar, and each city the 2,700km tour travels through will offer physical activity side events to raise awareness about the benefits of an active lifestyle. The NowWeMOVE campaign’s Turkish national coordinator, Feridun Ekmekci, and his organisation Muğla Association of Energy Efficiency and Environment Preservation (ENVERÇEVKO) are organising the event in collaboration with ISCA. Aside from attracting the public through a “come and try” approach, the event will see local politicians, active transport, tourism and environmental stakeholders taking part in the side events, which will include a visit to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's house in Thessaloniki, Greece, and a tribute to French cyclist Christian Jean Auguste Niaffe, who was killed in an accident in Turkey last year. Cycling has great potential to communicate the important cross-sector aspect of the NowWeMOVE campaign: at the very same time, it is a mode of transportation, recreation, tourism and sport competition. Cycling can be a key driver to showcase the many ways in and outside of sport that people can become more active in their everyday lives. On top of this, the side events will propose many more activities than cycling that people can try. The final event planned for 9 September 2015 will be synchronised with the flagship EWoS event in Brussels. Updates will be posted to the official webpage hereRead more in the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah Life (in English) 
    New NowWeMOVE cycling event 'All Routes lead to Brussels' starts this July
Can we afford the cost of physical inactivity? Cebr's Vicky Pryce features in new debate
The second online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. The lead author of the new ISCA/Cebr report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe', Vicky Pryce, responds to questions on the impact of lack of time and support on the public's exercise habits. Pryce is an economist and former Joint Head of the UK’s Government Economic Service. 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 Access the full report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe' here http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com/report/ 

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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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