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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…

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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…

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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…

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Active cities workshop at international conference

An exclusive active cities 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, from 29 to 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,…

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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…

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Using an Olympic bid to create an active city

  Leaving a lasting legacy is a top priority for any city seeking to host the Olympic Games. Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 tournament was stopped in its tracks by a referendum which revealed 48.4 per cent of local voters were in favour of the project. To ensure that the money and planning spent on the application remained a good investment, the city focused its efforts on transforming its Olympic proposals into hundreds of long term benefits for residents. In…

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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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