Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

News

World’s first Global Active Cities certified at Olympic celebration

The world’s first Global Active Cities were honoured at an awards ceremony as part of the opening celebrations for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Lillehammer, Norway; Liverpool, UK; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada were officially certified at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) celebration. The ceremony took place during the Olympism In Action Forum, which continues today. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “We have had confidence in the Global Active…

Read More

World’s first Global Active Cities announced

The names of the world’s first Global Active Cities have been revealed today, to mark World Heart Day. The cities – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Lillehammer, Norway; Liverpool, UK; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada – have worked hard to offer all their residents the opportunity to choose active and healthy lifestyles and improve their well-being. Each city has embraced a management model that motivates people at risk of inactivity-related illnesses to take up regular physical activity and…

Read More

Global Active City Summit

Anyone with an interest in creating active cities is invited to a free conference for local authorities, health professionals, academics and others. The Global Active City Summit in Buenos Aires on 9 October will offer a selection of talks and round-tables with influential figures driving international health, sports and urban policies (full agenda below). Delegates will have the chance to hear sports directors and politicians from some of the world’s first Global Active Cities recount their experiences. Topics under discussion will include…

Read More

Cities offered a guide to mapping physical activity levels – infographic

Leading sport and exercise scientists have created a starting guide for cities and regions that want to map physical activity levels among their populations. Academics from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) produced the infographic (below) to help public services save time and money by planning effective research before embarking on expensive projects to promote physical activity and healthy behaviours. The team from the university’s Physical Activity Exchange (PAEx) said local authorities which invest in evaluation waste fewer resources and achieve…

Read More

Tomorrow belongs to those who are active today

As our partner city Buenos Aires gets ready to host the Youth Olympic Games, the Olympic Review, the magazine of the Olympic Movement, considers how the games and the city’s Global Active City programme Ciudad Activa will create a legacy for local people. Buenos Aires, which has been involved with the Active Well-being Initiative since its inception, is one of its biggest success stories. During the 2018 Youth Olympic Games – which will be held between 6 and 18 October…

Read More

Trial scheme could revolutionise way doctors prescribe physical activity

Researchers are trialling a new exercise referral scheme that could revolutionise the way doctors prescribe physical activity. The study, led by the UK’s Liverpool John Moores University, invites patients to reflect on the reasons behind their inactive lifestyles and come up with their own solutions, supported by regular meetings with a trained exercise instructor. ‘Prescriptions for exercise’ have been given for decades in many countries, with varying results. Frequently doctors have found that simply advising non-active patients to exercise is…

Read More

Buenos Aires showcases its Global Active City programme and Youth Olympic Games 2018 legacy

An ambitious strategy to improve the physical activity levels and healthy eating habits of millions of urban residents will be showcased during the Youth Olympic Games. More than 50 internationally and nationally renowned experts in sports, health, nutrition and well-being will share their knowledge at the two-day active city summit in Buenos Aires in October. For three years the city has been working hard to improve existing projects and kick start new ones in order to turn public spaces into…

Read More

Final stages of naming the world’s first Global Active Cities

Six places are in the final stages of becoming the world’s first Global Active Cities. Twice as many have applied for the international label this year as predicted at the start of 2018. Independent auditors carry out a thorough evaluation to determine whether the efforts made by the cities have met the Global Active City Standard’s requirements. The evaluation process includes a two-day on-site audit with visits to facilities and public spaces, and interviews with city officials, professionals, community members…

Read More

Active cities workshop at international conference

An exclusive Global Active City workshop will be offered to delegates at the leading conference on the relationship between sport and cities. The workshop, hosted by the Active Well-being Initiative, will take place on the final afternoon of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 31 October. It is the result of a new partnership between Smart Cities & Sport and the AWI’s founders, Evaleo and TAFISA, The Association For International Sport for All. Mélanie Duparc, Secretary…

Read More

Good practices from active cities – infographic

We put together an infographic with a list of tried-and-tested approaches that our partner cities have used to encourage and empower residents to become more active in their daily lives. Their ideas have helped to shape our Global Active City model, which can be applied to cities and towns of all sizes and particular local needs. Their proposals include measuring and analysing physical activity levels; encouraging organisations from different sectors to work together; and making public spaces, physical activity centres…

Read More
Founding members
Newsletter
Subscribe to our mailing list