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Hamburg one of world’s first cities to prioritise physical activity in urban planning

Walking and cycling will be prioritised in an urban development for up to 20,000 people, with homes allocated just half a parking space each. Authorities in our partner city Hamburg have given the go-ahead to the radical plans for Oberbillwerder, which will be one of the first places worldwide to make physical activity the primary concern in its urban planning. The 7,000 homes planned for the district will have to share parking facilities – the half a space per property needs to accommodate…

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Richmond’s Olympic legacy for everyone

Residents and visitors in Richmond, Canada, continue to benefit from the city’s decision to host part of the Winter Olympics 2010. Sports managers told us how they ensure facilities and programmes reach the whole community.   How does a city with a population estimated at 223,000 manage to stage international and national sporting competitions every year, plus more than 100 community events? In recent years Richmond, in British Columbia, has hosted a long list of high profile contests such as…

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WHO recommends the Global Active City approach

The World Health Organization stressed the vital role for cities in GAPPA – its new worldwide strategy to promote physical activity. The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-30 recommended active city networks such as the Global Active City programme as part of its mission to “create active people”. Action 3.6 called for member states to implement “whole-of-community initiatives, at the city, town or community levels, … to promote increased participation in physical activity and reduced sedentary behavior by people…

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Russian interest in Global Active Cities

The Global Active City approach is to spread to Russia following a successful visit by national Olympic officials. The Active Well-being Initiative is in talks to host a workshop for a large delegation of Russian non-profit clubs, Olympic councils, public associations, city authorities and potential sponsors. The plans are the result of an exploratory visit to Liverpool by senior officials from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Vladimir Sengleev, Director General of the ROC, said: “Our programme Olympic Country supports non-profit…

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Hamburg sets out to become a Global Active City

One of Germany’s sportiest cities has joined a worldwide network of places trying to encourage their residents to be more physically active. The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) is delighted to welcome Hamburg among its growing number of partner cities. Hamburg is aiming to achieve full Global Active City status by the end of the year. Christoph Holstein, Hamburg State Councillor for the Department of Home Affairs and Sports, who attended an AWI workshop in Liverpool, UK earlier this year, said:…

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Ljubljana creates new green space for all

  Our partner city in Slovenia has turned an unmanageable patch of land into a play area accessible to everyone. This beautiful playground in Ljubljana used to be home to a vast collection of informal and illegal allotment gardens – defined as green space in planning documents, but in reality out of public use. Until 2007 the ground, next to the iconic Žale cemetery designed by Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, was described as a problem area. It had many garden…

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Be part of a Europe-wide active city survey

Has your city responded to the Project PACTE survey on physical activity? More than 200 cities and towns from 26 countries have already taken part in what will be the biggest ever research project into active city strategies in Europe. The results will be used to create a measuring tool to monitor local physical activity levels, and free resources for places that want to become active cities. Project PACTE – Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe – is run by the think…

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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…

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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…

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