More than 80 people take part in group exercise on a high-rise rooftop during the TAFISA World Challenge Day in Macau, China.

TAFISA World Challenge Day in Macau, China.

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 Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) brought its experience working in the field of active cities, while engaging municipalities worldwide to participate in the development of the standard. TAFISA, which has a worldwide reach with members in 170 countries, advocates on behalf of the Global Active City programme, and continues to bring in many new cities to join the movement.

If your city signs up to become a Partner Global Active City, the AWI team will be able to provide initial support to your lead officer and delivery team to guide them through the process of getting certified. If your city requires further, in-depth assistance, you will be referred to Evaleo or another partner organisation.

What is Evaleo?

Evaleo is a well-being and sustainable health agitator, with big dreams to change the world by giving everyone access to the tools and environment to improve and gain control of their own well-being. Thanks to the support of the IOC and a partnership with TAFISA, Evaleo led the development of the Global Active City Standard that is now being used around the world and will improve the lives of millions of people.

Not content to stop there, Evaleo is developing a web platform which will initially make health and well-being expertise and good practices available to partner cities, and ultimately to all places and organisations that want to improve the life opportunities for their communities and nurture happy, healthy and active populations. Evaleo is operated by a small staff team, with the backing of more than 100 experts, ambassadors and partner organisations. For Evaleo, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, rather than simply the absence of illness or disability. Through its campaigning and other work, it aims to promote the values of wellness, autonomy, sharing, quality, joy, respect and coherence.

What is TAFISA?

Founded in Bordeaux, France, in 1991, TAFISA is the leading international Sport for All organisation. TAFISA’s ultimate vision is to create a better world through Sport for All and physical activity. Their mission is to lead the global Sport for All movement by:

  • Advocating and lobbying internationally for Sport for All and physical activity.
  • Providing networking and experience sharing opportunities,
  • Supporting the development of the Sport for All and physical activity movement by providing appropriate programmes, events and consulting services.

TAFISA aims to bring joy, health, social interaction, integration and development to communities and citizens around the globe, through the promotion of Sport for All and physical activity participation, regardless of disability, age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, family or civil status, culture and socio-economic conditions.

TAFISA is an inclusive organisation, welcoming members, partners and supporters of all types. It has over 300 members from 170 countries on all continents from both governmental and non-governmental organisations, and is recognised by the United Nations and the IOC. In 2017, TAFISA launched its ‘Mission 2030: For a Better World Through Sport for All’, a founding document adopted by its general assembly that sets a clear development strategy for the Sport for All and physical activity movement over the next 12 years.