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Tackling physical inactivity among young Europeans

ALCIS LogoAccording to the European Association for the Study of Obesity, one out of five children in Europe is affected by overweight or obesity. These alarming figures are intimately related to the pandemic of physical inactivity: European children spend only 5% of their school-time in physical activities and less than 10% of them meet the WHO recommendations on physical activity. Sport has a positive effect on children’s cognitive functions such as memory, attention, concentration and participation in classes. The European Union and the European fitness sector recognise that more can be done to promote the benefits of health enhancing physical activity among young Europeans.

In light of the declining participation levels, the European Commission has launched the European Week of Sport, an initiative to promote sport and physical activities in the European Union. The European Week of Sport will take place this year for the first time and it will be full of sport for everyone – regardless of age, background or fitness level. Special focus days will be organised to facilitate the work of sport stakeholders, as well as existing national and local initiatives, in order to inspire Europe’s inactive population. The ALCIS project has been conceived in the framework of the European Week of Sport and the focus day aimed at education, sport and young people will be on Tuesday 8th September 2015.

The ALCIS project

The ALCIS project encourages children to reflect about different lifestyle choices in relation to physical activity, stress management and overall wellbeing with the aim for a long-term impact. The project combines fun-orientated exercise classes with educational material on lifestyle issues that will be based on the My Choices Planner. This pedagogical tool is based on a methodology that not only provides information, but also teaches life skills such as critical thought, goal-setting and self-analysis. This way, young people are empowered to make and implement their own lifestyle choices. The aim of ALCIS is to encourage children, their relatives and friends to live healthy and exercise regularly.

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The project will start during the European Week of Sport – in the second week of September – with classes adapted to children between 8 and 12 years old. The action covers 5 EU Member States, directly involving approximately 5,000 children who will participate in at least 4 non-competitive group exercise classes. By working on children’s wellbeing, the project contributes to invest into the lives of the citizens of tomorrow, their happiness and productivity.

ALCIS Questionnaire

Country

Student

Teacher

Ireland

Student Questionnaire

Teachers’ Questionnaire

Italy

Questionario per lo studente

Questionario per gli insegnanti

Lithuania

Moksleivių apklausa

Mokytojų apklausa

Netherlands

Vragenlijst voor leerlingen

Vragenlijst voor docenten

United Kingdom

Student Questionnaire

Teachers’ Questionnaire

The ALCIS project is delivered in cooperation with:

  • EuropeActive – EU/BE
  • eurMind – BE
  • Sport-Ionad Reiguinach Chorcai Teo / Ireland Active – IE
  • The Wellness Foundation – IT
  • Lithuanian Health and Fitness Association – LT
  • Fit!vak branche organisatie erkende sport-en bewegingscentra – NL
  • Ukactive – UK

The project runs for 12 months and started on May 1st 2015.

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