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Active Cities – key dates for 2019

Decision-makers will address the importance of physical activity and creating active cities at a number of major events this year. Here are a selection of the key dates in 2019 for anyone interested in the active city movement. They include workshops and conferences from our partners The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), the PACTE Project (Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe), EASO, and the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Click on the events to find out more.…

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Olympic focus on Global Active Cities

The Olympic Review, the magazine of the Olympic Movement, reflects on the achievements of the world’s first Global Active Cities in its current edition. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach congratulates Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Lillehammer, Liverpool, Ljubljana and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, for their pioneering approaches to managing physical activity and sport. The article takes a look at what each city has done to improve opportunities for residents to make life-changing choices to get active – and the benefits for…

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Grants available for promoting physical activity

Organisations that promote physical activity at grassroots level, especially among marginalised groups, are invited to apply for a grant of 20,000CHF (20,000USD). The International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission will make four awards to groups that promote the health and social benefits of sport and participation in regular physical activity. While the funding is not available to city authorities or other government bodies, non-governmental organisations and international or national sports federations can apply. The closing date for applications is…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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