The Global Active City label is the ultimate recognition.


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The Active Well-being Initiative empowers cities and people to take healthy steps.

The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) helps cities and organisations to improve the lives of their citizens through the promotion of physical activity, sport and well-being for all. In a world which is facing increasing health problems, the AWI model advocates for more sustainable urban living and calls for new forms of governance. It provides a suite of standards, tools and services, road-tested with a group of pilot cities, and empowers city leaders, their communities and citizens to drive change. Cities are invited to join the movement and see their efforts certified by the Global Active City label.

What they say about us

What the Active Well-being Initiative has designed is a unique model that helps us to capture and meet the complexity of our task, with a focus on action, impact and continual improvement.
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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta


It’s exciting to witness how members of our alliance see the benefits of working together and how the framework promoted by the Active Well-being Initiative acted as a catalyst for a number of new integrated actions.
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Espen Johnsen


Coordinated and cross-sectorial action is needed everywhere. WHO welcomes and supports innovative approaches such as the IOC-supported Active Well-being Initiative and its Global Active City label.
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Dr Fiona Bull


I encourage every city in the world to consider the proposed model to improve accessibility to a healthy and active lifestyle for all. 
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Thomas Bach


Active Well-being Initiative

The AWI is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote physical activity, sport and well-being for all.
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Here is the full text of the recent article about the #GlobalActiveCity model in the Think tank Sport et Citoyenneté journal, written by our team member Jean-François Laurent of TAFISA Europe
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Study reveals heavy exercise does not suppress immune system
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Aerobic Exercise Significantly Improves Symptom Burden for Migraineurs via @neuroadvisor
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Here is the full text of the recent article about the #GlobalActiveCity model in the @SportandCitizen journal, written by our team member @JF_Laurent of @TafisaOffice AWBInitiative photo
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Heart attack victims can halve their risk of dying by getting active: new research presented at the #EuroPrevent conference in our partner #GlobalActiveCity Ljubljana.

Latest news

How the Active Well-being Initiative began:
a profile of co-founders Evaleo and TAFISA

The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) was created by two non-profit making bodies, Evaleo and TAFISA. The idea to create a Global Active City Standard was instigated by both organisations, bringing together their complementary know-how and expertise, with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Evaleo, a well-being and sustainable health organisation and facilitator, led the creation of the standard, tapping into a network of over 70 specialists and researchers in urban management, physical activity, health and sport science. The…

Global Active City programme to expand by helping to create more active and healthy communities for the future

Our worldwide network of active cities is set to expand following a knowledge-sharing event attended by ten different countries. Several delegates at the Global Active City workshop, organised by the Active Well-being Initiative (AWI), expressed an interest in joining the programme. If given the go-ahead by their political leaders, their cities will work with the AWI to create active, healthy, and happy communities for the future. The workshop took place in Liverpool, UK and was hosted in conjunction with Liverpool…

Cities design active and healthy communities for the future at Global Active City workshop

City leaders from across the world are coming together this week to share ideas about how to create active, healthy, happy communities. Representatives of eight cities, two sports bodies, and a national government will attend a workshop about the Global Active City programme run by the Active Well-being Initiative. The event in Liverpool, UK, from 7-9 March will include field trips to projects that have successfully encouraged tens of thousands of people to take up regular physical activity. Liverpool, a…


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