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  • 15 countries are already gearing up for Open Streets Day
    At a first glance, countries like Kenya and Norway or Turkey and Poland couldn’t be more different from each other. However, in one month they will be united with 11 other countries by the Open Streets Day and a common goal: to bring fun, culture and physical activity to the urban spaces that are usually occupied by traffic. In Croatia on 24 September, the event organised by Institute of Public Health County of Međimurje will provide a 50km cycling tour for public health workers, police officers and Red Cross employees. The tour will connect three cities in Međimurje County: Prelog, Mursko Središće and Čakovec. At the same time, public spaces in these cities will boast cycling races and outdoor sport activities for kindergarten and school children, as well as people from different vulnerable groups. Croatia’s neighbours in Serbia - Yugo Cycling Campaign, are also planning a children-oriented cycling event in Belgrade that will promote an educational programme BIKE START. The residents and visitors of Suceava, Romania are in for a whole range of exciting activities for the days surrounding the Open Streets Day. On 21 September Asociatia Judeteana Sportul pentru Toti Suceava in collaboration with the Save the Children foundation will organise a Fortress Marathon-Highlight event. On 22 September children and adolescents can practise different sport-on-wheels activities, such as cycling, skateboarding and rollerskating in the closed-for-traffic historical centre of Suceava. The Open Streets Day is set to take over the urban areas of Turkey, thanks to the relentless efforts of ENVERÇEVKO in collaboration with SKB – Healthy Cities Union of Turkey. Flagship events are being prepared in Mugla, İzmir, Eskişehir, Didim, Bursa, Burdur, Bilecik and maybe even more! It is not too late to bring life to your local streets and put your city on the Open Streets Day map! Follow this easy how-to guide and invite the residents of your area to experience it from a new perspective. Open Streets Day is supported by the Erasmus+ programme as an official #BeActive European Week of Sport event. Visit the official website at www.openstreetsday.com
    15 countries are already gearing up for Open Streets Day
  • Open Streets Day is set to activate the European Capitals of Culture 2019: Plovdiv and Matera
    As the first edition of the international Open Streets Day is getting closer, numerous European cities are preparing interactive activities and events that will invite the residents to re-imagine an urban space. Among the seaside towns and metropolises, there are two special locations where the Open Streets Day will take place. Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Matera in Italy proudly hold the title of European Capitals of Culture 2019, and are also gearing up to open their streets on 22 September. The flagship event in Plovdiv will be co-hosted by the ISCA member BG Be Active, the Municipality of Plovdiv, and the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation. A part of the recently renovated boulevard Maritsa-South will be temporarily closed to the movement of vehicles and will instead be opened for the movement of pedestrians. The boulevard is planned to be divided into 3 zones with different activities: art zone, relax zone, sport and physical activity zone. The residents and visitors of Plovdiv can expect to participate in workshops, picnics, fun games, painting, running and cycling activities and more. The sport zone will showcase activities with different levels of intensity, such as yoga, dancing, group workouts, and European Fitness Badge demonstration with an opportunity to sign up for the full test carried out by participating clubs. Discovering forgotten streets through play and movementThe picturesque Matera, located in a remote corner of southern Italy and known as “the city of caves”, is, perhaps, the country’s best kept secret. Although, since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and the European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera has become an increasingly popular destination. The Open Streets Day hosted by ISCA member UISP Comitato Territoriale di Matera will encourage the residents and visitors of Matera to re-discover some “forgotten” streets through play, sport and movement. The programme aims to transform urban areas into spaces for people to get together, whether it is to practice sports or just hang out. The participants are in for a range of workshops, experiments and performances. The goal is to make one feel like the custodian, rather than simply a spectator of the urban space and the city. Would you like your place to take part in the Open Streets Day alongside Plovdiv and Matera? Read the step-by-step guide for event organisers and join the global movement for cities that put people first! Open Streets Day is supported by the Erasmus+ programme as an official #BeActive European Week of Sport event. Visit the official website at www.openstreetsday.comBy Marie Oleinik, ISCA
    Open Streets Day is set to activate the European Capitals of Culture 2019: Plovdiv and Matera
  • 2 months to go – don’t miss our strongest MOVE Congress programme yet!
    With 2 months to go until the MOVE Congress in Budapest, we are delighted to announce that Dr Fiona Bull MBE, from the World Health Organization, will be our first keynote speaker on 17 October and set the scene for one of our strongest programmes yet. Following the keynote session, featuring gamification experts Markos Aristides Kern and Rocket Beans TV active storyteller Gino Singh, Dr Bull will lead Track 1 of the MOVE Congress ‘Game-changers connecting physical activity and health’. Kate Dale from Sport England, who has led the successful This Girl Can campaign in the UK from the start, is also set to give MOVE Congress participants exclusive insights into how the campaign has got more women and girls moving, and how it has been rolled out in Australia and into a brand new Fit Got Real campaign. Retention Guru Paul Bedford is also ready to share his secrets to attracting and retaining members in physical activity programmes and clubs for the benefit of their health and wellbeing. Check out our latest programme, which is bursting at the seams with 30 expert speakers from 5 continents including:Fundraising and EU policyAgata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer at EU Sport Unit, BelgiumKristina Jasiunaite, Europe Director at World Bicycle Relief, GermanyNiels Lund, Vice-President of Health Advocacy at Novo Nordisk, DenmarkTibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at European Commission, Hungary Physical education and moving kidsAmy Chan, Olympian, TEDx speaker and Chair of Hong Kong Elite Athletes Association, Hong KongMagnús Scheving, Creator, CEO & Co-Founder of LazyTown Entertainment, IcelandDr Mark Tremblay, President of Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, CanadaPlacemaking and active urban spacesVivian Doumpa, Urban Planner and Geographer at Stipo, GreeceHans Karssenberg, Founding Partner of STIPO and the City at Eye Level, NetherlandsArtur Rodolfo de Sousa, Co-Founder at Bamboo Park Collective, BrazilGrassroots sport diplomacy and sport for developmentAaron Kearney, Consultant and Journalist at Griffith Asia Institute and AKS Media International, AustraliaProfessor Richard Parrish, Jean Monnet Chair of EU Sports Law and Policy at Edge Hill University, UKBudapest Capital of SportAlexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky and Dr Gyöngyvér Lacza from the European Capital of Sport, Hungary Don’t miss our most action-packed MOVE Congress yet – book your 3-day pass for only €250. Offer ends 31 August. 
    2 months to go – don’t miss our strongest MOVE Congress programme yet!
  • ISCA to help deliver first #BeActive Beach Games in Riga this weekend
    This year, for the first time, two European countries will organise a #BeActive Beach Games in the lead-up to the European Week of Sport. As a partner of the event, ISCA will be at the very first Beach Games in Riga, Latvia, this weekend where the event will take place on the city’s urban beaches Kipsala and Lucavsala. the programme for the event is now available and can be downloaded below. The two-day event will feature 5km and 10km runs and Nordic walking, beach volleyball (3 versus 3), skateboard, beach triathlon (shooting, swimming, running), beach handball, floorball (3 versus 3), beach tennis, dodgeball, crossminton, beach football. In addition, participants will have a chance to compete in open water swimming, sailing, SUP boarding and aquathlon (running-swimming-running). They will also be invited to try sports for the first time under the guidance and supervision of a professional: bouldering, petanque, rope pulling and sitting volleyball. Activities in athletics will be specially organised for children. The project’s national partners, including coordinator the Latvian Sports Federation Council, the Estonian Beach Sports Federation, Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations, Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, and the Union of Sports Federations in Catalonia, Spain, have selected families to test the Beach Games events and give feedback on their experiences. Spectators will also be invited to join in. Latvian Sports Federations Council (LSFC) President Einars Fogelis highlights that any beach environment, with a little ingenuity and without a large investment, can be used to relax in a physically active way. Inclusiveness is also important to make the event sustainable, he says. “Everyone will be welcomed to participate [in the Beach Games], and a special focus will be devoted on families. Competitions and demonstrations along with an opportunity to try less-known games will be offered by the BeActive Beach Games, with a total of 24 different types of grassroots sport that will be targeted towards people of different ages, with different health conditions, physical capabilities and skills." The second event will be held on the natural beach of Praia da Rocha at Portimao in Portugal on 7-8 September. Portimao is hosting the ACES European City of Sport in 2019, with cultural programmes and more than hundred sports events taking place throughout the year. On a 1.5 km-long Praia da Rocha beach on the Atlantic coast, where games will take place, an independent sport infrastructure is set up annually during the summer season. The #BeActive Beach Games is one of the steps to fight the prevalent sedentary way of life, by looking for new ways to encourage people to take up active lifestyles in different environments. One of the goals of the Beach Games is to expand the #BeActive movement by offering ideas for an accessible, inclusive and exciting type of physical activity in a new environment – the various beaches spanning around Europe. The partners’ model for an inclusive and accessible beach games will be established by the middle of 2020, including a manual for game organisers, as well as methodological materials to be used for both individual and organisational purposes. ISCA is working with project partner TAFISA to develop policy recommendations as part of the project’s advocacy efforts. Find out more about the #BeActive Beach Games here
    ISCA to help deliver first #BeActive Beach Games in Riga this weekend
  • Turkish academic: How the NowWeMOVE campaign is influencing sustainable urban development policies
    By Faris Karahan, Department of Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Design Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey.  Last month, the Turkish Union of Healthy Cities published an article of mine titled "Promotion of Active Life in Cities Green Infrastructure and Mobility Relationship” in Urban Magazine. The article features the European MOVE Week and NowWeMOVE campaign, as well as ISCA’s Inactivity Time Bomb research, as important initiatives in addressing urban problems linked with physical inactivity and promoting green city approaches such as active mobility and sustainable urban mobility policies. Cities face the risk of losing their identities, systems, structures and functions due to increasing population growth, rapidly developing technologies, lack of planning to address these and the multiplicity of the damage this can brings. In addition, we are witnessing the negative effects of climate change, and a more frequent occurrence of natural disasters. Today, urbanisation policies pursued for sustainable urban development and management, sustainable urban and planning often confront the economy and ecology. In this context, short-term economic concerns, perspectives and returns are shaping cities, and environmental sustainability remains in the background. The relationship established with sustainability is considered only if a visible and profitable investment is planned. Support for green infrastructure and approaches such as ecological cities, sustainable cities, smart cities and resilient cities is evident all over the world through conferences, contracts and/or processes such as HABITAT, the European Urban Charter, Quito Declaration, and holistic planning and design processes in health, sports and tourism. According to United Nations (UN) data, 72% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by in 2050. This is compared to 3% in the 1800s, 14% in the 1900s, and 47% in 2000. According to the World Population Forecast Report revised in 2017, the world population, which was 7.5 billion in 2017, is estimated to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe report prepared by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and CEBR shows that, at the European level, 500,000 deaths occur annually due to lack of physical activity in Europe. It is stated that this results in approximately 100 billion Euro of health expenditure annually. In the 2000s, a sustainable and integrated planning approach was adopted to improve quality of life in European Union (EU) cities. The SUMP Development and Implementation Guide has been developed as a result of the joint work of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation and the European Commission (EACI). This guide has been developed to provide support to stakeholders, local authorities, urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in SUMP preparation. The programme takes inspiration the advocacy work of Copenhagen-based International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), which has more than 200 member associations in over 80 countries, and the Brussels-based European Cyclists Federation (ECF), which has 70 member associations covering 35 million cyclists in 40 countries. It is being coordinated and implemented by Turkey (Mugla) events-based Energy Efficiency and Environment Protection Association (ENVERÇEVKO). ENVERÇEVKO is a partner in ISCA’s Open Streets Day event as Turkey’s NowWeMOVE National CoordinatorArticle adapted from original text in Turkish published in Turkish Urban Magazine, (32) 39-44
    Turkish academic: How the NowWeMOVE campaign is influencing sustainable urban development policies
15 countries are already gearing up for Open Streets Day
At a first glance, countries like Kenya and Norway or Turkey and Poland couldn’t be more different from each other. However, in one month they will be united with 11 other countries by the Open Streets Day and a common goal: to bring fun, culture and physical activity to the urban spaces that are usually occupied by traffic. In Croatia on 24 September, the event organised by Institute of Public Health County of Međimurje will provide a 50km cycling tour for public health workers, police officers and Red Cross employees. The tour will connect three cities in Međimurje County: Prelog, Mursko Središće and Čakovec. At the same time, public spaces in these cities will boast cycling races and outdoor sport activities for kindergarten and school children, as well as people from different vulnerable groups. Croatia’s neighbours in Serbia - Yugo Cycling Campaign, are also planning a children-oriented cycling event in Belgrade that will promote an educational programme BIKE START. The residents and visitors of Suceava, Romania are in for a whole range of exciting activities for the days surrounding the Open Streets Day. On 21 September Asociatia Judeteana Sportul pentru Toti Suceava in collaboration with the Save the Children foundation will organise a Fortress Marathon-Highlight event. On 22 September children and adolescents can practise different sport-on-wheels activities, such as cycling, skateboarding and rollerskating in the closed-for-traffic historical centre of Suceava. The Open Streets Day is set to take over the urban areas of Turkey, thanks to the relentless efforts of ENVERÇEVKO in collaboration with SKB – Healthy Cities Union of Turkey. Flagship events are being prepared in Mugla, İzmir, Eskişehir, Didim, Bursa, Burdur, Bilecik and maybe even more! It is not too late to bring life to your local streets and put your city on the Open Streets Day map! Follow this easy how-to guide and invite the residents of your area to experience it from a new perspective. Open Streets Day is supported by the Erasmus+ programme as an official #BeActive European Week of Sport event. Visit the official website at www.openstreetsday.com

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The 8th European edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week will happen on 27 May-2 June 2019 and MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil) is set to place on 23-30 September 2019. Follow the links to register as a MOVE Agent in your country.

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New ISCA website coming soon! Our mascot is working very hard on a brand new ISCA website and we look forward to revealing it to you later in 2019. Meanwhile, we will still keep you updated here with the latest news from ISCA and our partners.

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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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MOVE&Learn

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

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